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BRITAIN S LEADING MAGAZINE DEVOTED TO THE AMSTHAD CPC 464, 654 AND 6128 



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THE LINE-UP 

AMSTRAD ACTION NOVEMBER 1987 



FRONT END 



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NEWS* LETTERS 

REACTION 

I just wrote to say I hale you, I fist wrote to say how much 1 
Core. I [uSt wrote to Say I'm desperate and I mean it tram the 
bottom erf my heart 

HELPLINE 

Don't despoil, help s at hand The helplmcn am solve just 
about any pi obtain you can Uwut ol Go ahead — make then 
day 

AMSCENE 

Stop press> Stop Press s available Read Ml about il and ail 

the rest of the (utaest news around 



SERIOUS SIDE 



SOFTWARE* HARDWARE •PROGRAMMING 



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MIDI MUSIC 

Midi lets you interlace to a whole new world ot 
muticai entertainment So how do you get started 
and wrsit should youbuy^ 




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WORDS WORK - 4 

Pendown s author gives tips on getting the best bom tt and 
Taswotd owners get advice an printing 

PROBLEM ATTIC 

HpM tackles anything that can go wrong with CPCs You 
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BOOKS 

Two really hefty tomes to get your teeth into on the subiect oi 
CPM Plus and assembly language programming 

TO C OR NOT TO C? 

Isnl it tene you teamed a second languge - ' We compare the 
high level C languages from Amor and HjSolt 

SMALL TRADERS PACK 

A package that promises to do everylhlng for the small 
businessman Can your CPC help you towards a healthy 
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ACTION & ADVENTURE 



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GAMES* MAPS* PILGRIM 

ACTION TEST STARTS HERE 
ROAD RUNNER 

Beep beep The cartoon speedster a now being chased all 
ovw the Amstjad by that Wile E Coyote 

WORLD CLASS LEADERBOARD 

Golfing takes another big leap down the lairway as it 
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SCRABBLE DELUXE 

The classic beard game re-appears wilh a 20,000 

word dictionary Can you out-spell the computer'? 

THE PILGRIM 

The wumlle:uig adventurer takes o stroll 
through same programming, new games bom 
Topoiogika and has news o4 the latest Level o 



INTERACTION 



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LKtAltD ST TOU Anu rUU YUU 

HOT TIPS 

Tucks oi the trade lot making disk 

labels, removing spaces, using the Art 
Studio and converting; lo an B bLt 
punier port 

TYPE-INS 

Get your lingers going with a disk editor. 

league iictuie aeato, case converter maze generator 

and a printer buffer 



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CHEAT MODE 

Ths is where you can get mae cut of a game than yau 
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THINGS TO BUY* BYE 



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Sell. sell, sell * get em white their hot (c* is that up*? 7 ) 

SPECIAL OFFERS 

Mote giveaway otters that you just can't refuse, 



OO REAR VIEW 

w " Tales of stUy football games, fumy (etoes and. ot course, 

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Technical Editor Richaid Montesio 

SUtf Wihtr Gary Barrett 

Contributor* Chris Boothmon Pat McDoaakl Steve Cooke 

Art Editor OUto Atckirtari 

Art TMim Angela Neal Sally Msddmgs 

Publisher Chns Anderson 

Production: Diane Tavene* 

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We welcome oontnbubons bom readers but unior tunateJy cannot 

guarantee to return motenoJ submitted to us. nor can ween!« into 

persona) osnespandence We take green care lo ensure that what we 

publish s accurals, but cannot be liable far any mistakes or rrasprsnts 

No part e< this publication may be reproduced in any lorn without our 

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There <\rc no random events in XORs labyrinthine palace and there is no 
pivmium on hand^ye coord hviiiojv Von Ivive.il] the time in the world to 
workout the precise nature of the hazards you encounter. Logical 
thinking, strategy and tactical problem solving are all part oi tlirXOR 
experience. And XOR is not simply about finding solutions, ll yon can 
solve the entire puzzle ( l ^ leveK plus an encrypted anagram), von quality 
to be a member of theORIIERof XOR, with a certificate and n badge to 
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...this is one of the most compulsive, cunning and 
attractive programs I've seen for some timet .... the 
game is superb - a very classy original twist on the 
basic maze theme" A+B Computing *«*«* *.<*».. 



XOR's Features 

- 15 graded mindbending mazes 
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REACTION 




Viva Espana 

While or. hobday in Spam m May I 
came aaoss a computer software 
shop Theie was a very large 
selection of games software lot the 
.'itiad, including many oJ the 
top w&]]ing British games Shot! 
Circuit etc and many Spanish 
games (two at which 1 see are 
jev>ewed tn AA July 87. Army 
Moves and Livingstone) 

The highest price tor any at 
these games was 3? 5 Pesetas 
which s «4 00 to £4.50 depending 
on the exchange rate this raised 
two questions tn my mtnd 

1 Why are games so much 
cheaper in Spam than m England? 

2 I win be tetummg to Spain 
krter m the yea* — can. 1 run these 
Spanish games on my English CPC 
(perhaps with the atd of a Spanish 
— English aKSarenyP 

Tony Smith 
Birmingham 

As tat as I know the software 
shoufd run on your English CFC 
As to the prices, there aio a 
number of passage exptaiahons 
They mjghf toe pirated licenced 
locally where theu ovetheads 
aught be tower or rhe Spanish 
market may have a well 
established price bracket mat a 
dilteient horn outs Indeed the 
£8-£Q price brackwt ever here has 
been under threat tor some tsme 
tiom She budget houses and there 
have been attempts to establish a 
new bracket at about the £5 
mark 

Bottle-glass, 464-6128 
You olten have letters in your 
Reaction pages concerning the 
compatibility of the 464 with me 
6128 Same of your readers who 
wish to run software written for the 
0138 only may be interested to 
know that the 464 can be 
converted into a 61 28 

1 have owned a 464 with 
DCM-1 lor some time now. but it 
was my purchase at fhe DKTromcs 
64K upgrade. whKh prompted me 
to investigate the possibility of 
converting my machine t 
obtained Uie Amstrad 40025 ROM 
Iiom CPC Ltd. at 194-200 N ' 
Pood Preston Lanes. (Tel 
Q772-5SSD34) Pnce «2. 24 

Ftttmg the new BOM is stmpty 
a matter of removing the 6 screws 
which hold the 464 together Once 
inside locale the ROM nun feed 
4000°. remove It and replace II 



with the new 40025 ROM On vers 
A' simply unplug the old one and 
plug m the new one "Vers B" has 
the 40009 ROM soldeted into its 
PCB and really needs erpert 
handling to replace if with the new 
one 

I am happy to leport that the 
conversion is a complete success 
on my 'vers B* 464 and on a 
teends" vers A" I am now able to 
tun software such as The ftswn'. 
and use commands such as 
rERA-BAK' but with the 
advantage ot the supenoz 464 
keyboard layou! 
John A Carver 
BMH| 

Wo haven't had a chance to test 
this method out tot ourselves bur 
well be JoaJring mto it !n the 
mean tone we'd just like to remind 
you that it wit! invalidate your 
guarantee and shouldnt be 
attempted unless you re aarthdenf 
you know what you to dang 



Beau Jolly folly 

This b a serious plea Jot help A 
Little while back 1 purchased 
Computer Hits 2 as I thought it was 
good value However when 1 got 
the rape home I discovered that it 
was laulty So 1 decided (g send $ 
back to Beau JoHy. as they slated 
on the cassette cover Ihot they 

1 would replace any laulty tapes 

I sent the lope over a month 

i ago and have written numerous 

times to no avail It locks like my 

money has gone down the dram 

and I'D never see my tape ogam 

1 thought sottwaie houses 

j were meant to replace toulty tapes 
and be helpful not confiscate 
ihem In the future I shall be very 
careful about buying rapes Ate 
sottweae houses usually like this'' I 
don't suppose you know how I can 
get my tape back? 

Well anyway, Til end an a 
high note As one of your tew 

• temaJe leaders I think you mag e 

' Fab 
Miss S M Amaranayake 
London SEt 

m (his case the software houses is 

meant to replace faulty tapes 
'■ Generally theyte more than 

willing to do so and I hope that 
", this is just a case ot an , 
; administrative ccck-up It thea not 
I wsjoondihg to tettois mm phatw I 

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There's some very heated debate this month on 
the rights and wrongs ot software piracy . I've tried 
to put our point of view on the subject, so perhaps 
you'd let us know how you fee* about the situation 
and suggets possible remedies lor it. 

The address to send your letters to is still : 
Reaction, Amstrad Action, 4 Queen Street, Bath 
BA1 1EJ. Remember we cant reply personally to 
letters, otherwise we wouldn't have time to 
produce a magazine each month. Ail mail-order 
and subscription enquiries or problems should be 
aimed at our Somerton address listed on Line-up - 
we just have to pass them on il they come here. 



Football crazy 

How many different football 
games arc there out on the CPC on 
tape, and which is/are the best? 

These ate the one s 1 know of 
fljg League Soccer (Viper) Bryan 
Robsons Super League (?) 
Football Manager (Addictive). 
FA Cup Football CViigin). 
Footballer ot the Year (Gremlin) 
Frvo-A-Side Soccer (Mastertronic). 
Irian doughs Football Fortunes 
(CDS) Glenn Noddle' s Soccer 
(Amsofl/Shrrelalo). Peter SMfans 
Handball Matadona CAigus press 
Grand slam) hi door Soccer 
(Magnificent 7), League 
Challenge t Atlantis}. Mexico 86' 
(Qua 1 soft) Soccet 86 

(Acttvisian/Lonciels}. World Cup 
Carnival (US Gold) 

I am interested in buying Big 
league Soccer but am wandering 
where 1 can get it front 1 don't 
think 1 hove missed any 
Andrew Soccer Butt 
Ross-shir* 

Vou missed some, but 1 couldn t 
give numbers on haw many there 
are because many are no longer 
av qiJab fe Big League Soccer is 
your best bet as a stiategy game 
with highlights BC s Football 
IBM is a good mix ot 
computer and board game. Soccer 
66' or Match Day ate probably still 
the best arcade type football 
games However it might be 
worth watting to see what Football 
Manager d is like before making 
your decision 

Danish interpreter 

In answer to Gavin Manning who 
was April-fooled about using the 
Basic interpreter as a compii- 
Basic interpreter looks at each line 
of Base, even tt B did lay down 
machine code somewhere and 



then told the ZB0 to execute it 
you'd have a hard time finding out 
just where if might be 

However, some sta rente nls 
would never get translated think 
of a GOTO ot GOSUB. which amply 
make the tnteipietei skip to a 
dfl&tent line or youi Base program 
— no MC a pi educed 

ActuaUy I doubt that MC is 
ever produced because il 1 were 
the intoipietei and I ve worked out 
what a line means it would be 
easier tor me to do tt. than to make 
up some MC fa the ZBQ to doit (at 
me. wouldn I it mate? 
deter Bntz 
AabyhoJ 
Denmark 

The Amsbible? 

In the beginning there was a god 
who was known as AMS AMS was 





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AMSTRAD ACTION 7 



REACTION 



wor shipped by a group Ot 
four-hundred and sixty-tour Trads' 
(an anaem tube whose tamed diet 
consisted of purely sfiican Chips) As 
time passed ths tube where known 
qs the 'Amstrad 464* 

Tor those Trads AMS (a ALA) 
as he was nicknamed) gave a 
group of commandments, and he 
called them ACU He saw what he 
had done was bad so ho sold 
thom ot* He also sold them 

entertainment games He saw 
what ho hod done was bad » he 
gave them away Bee 

As the population boomed a 
young group ot 604 Cads moved 
away nam the oJd 464 They called 
themselves the Amsbads 664. but 
AMS djdn f bfce this rival group, SO 
he tent down a plague to destroy 
them A lot of angry letters laser the 
last of the- 664 died and AMS 
replaced them with the Amstrad 
61 2S tnbe aftei another population 
boom 

Then the rinds decided 
money was what they wanted so 
Ihey became business minded 
They were called Amstiad 8256 
and latei (as they tepioduced} Ihe 
ftS 12 Bui along way away a 
group ol IBM (anolher god> 
warshippeis storied beating up Ihe 
8512 AMS produced some police 
constables, and called them the 
Amstiad PCs 

Amid this confusion a new 
era dawned and a rebel group a! 
trads broke away and formed d 
own commandments and 
everyone saw thGy were goad 
AMS was annoyed that he hadn't 
had such a bnlhant idea The 
commandments •were called 
Amstiad Action, and they grew 
ftam strength to strength. 
Thomas Dunmore 
Wells 
Zununersetts 

Wett, thanks for creating all that 
up Perhaps you aught to send 
your studies an popufcrtion growth 
lo the census bureau I'm sure 
they'd be fascinated 



How bad could it bo? 

4 pm Sunday the 12 July, 1967 
What a day, my wile and 1 haw 
our ieei m iced watei to ccol them 
down why? Head an. 

The big day is here Ihe 
Amstiad Compute! Shaw here we 
come With great excitement we 
bundle Ihe baby into Ihe con and 
start the 10 mils drive to the baby 
litters Cgood old nanny and I 
grandad). Got there as scheduled 
but 5 miles out ttom Kidbtooke on 
the way to the Ally Pally there s a 
sttange tewing noise from the 
engine, but we're not moving and 
rn gear? The bloody clutch has 



gone Sunday morning not a taxi 
at bus in sight not a phone box So 
we walked back to good old 
nanny & gtandad's and got a at to 
the Elephant It Castle 
Under gtound 

Hall hour and one change 
lalO* and we w«o watting tot a W3 
Bus Twenty minutes later we 
decided to walk So we walked * 
walked, up 8r up Then in the 
distance we saw it — the Amstrad 
Computet Show and m we went 
Alter all compared to £53 (oi a 
clutch £4 m late* two pans oi 
shoes and a marathon walk, £3.00 
So get m seemed like a drop m the 
ocean Shame all we could atfaid 
alter that was a lew empty disk 
cases and an assembler 
Alan V Tina Pocock 
Walworth 



No-one expects the... 

How do I got hold ot the lumware 
manual tat the disk drive and the 
464. or lading that the manual lac 
the 61 2^ Who is the mystenous 
CB? Would you like an improved 
version oi GIGO. one thai nearly 
always gives a sensible reply'' If 
you can't give a course on 
hacking, then why not a course in 
gelling past loaders'' Have you 
ewer peri £iqq tat a Type-m and u 
so which one? Does anyone want 
to sell issues 2 and 1 1 a! AA7 Why 
rcoi include mare features m your 
magazine like interviews how-1o 
machine code, In depth review? 
and what's involved m producing 
an issue ot AA^ Who write:: 
repbes to the letters? Please answer 
these questions! 
Tommy Datiln 
South Biewham 

Okay let's make this brief and in 
Order. Order SOFT 15BA /ram 
Amsoff 1027? 228888} See last 
month Yes ft encourages piracy 
Yes. on the cover cassette. We'JJ 
soon know, won t we It most 
readers as* tor rf_ well 1 do til do OQ 

Shining wit 

The letter in issue 22 from Turkey 
(how apt*) congratulating you on 
your mail aides service, caused a 
wry smile to spread over this old 
careworn lace ot mine, owing to 
ihe tact that my own software has 
been on order since early May 

It is quite possible that your 
tecent move has delayed 
despalch although t strongly 
suspect that certain elements 
within yout otgaruKition resent the 
tact that this software was 
purchased with the betp oi a 
vouchor, won tar a briHiojiuy witty 
and intellectual letter in issue 20. 

As I am not known as the 
Oscar Wilde ol the 0138 lor 



nothing, you are hereby warned 
that it is my intention to submit a 
regular stream of similar academic 
merit, until such time as cues of 
"mercy' are heard or my software 
arrives 

To this end 1 demand answers 
to the following 

1 Is Give Sinclair on a Sugar-tree 
ctaf 

' Did your s ub e a rpeans tody ever 

star with Sid James in one a? the 

Came- Anne firms? 

* How do you tell when Bob Wade 

has been using the 0131? Trpp-Ex 

on theVDU 

' Who recorded the Country and 

Western hit "Stand by Hermann'v 

U Mi Sugar had been christened 
Brian Arthur would he have called 
his company Bastrad. and hope he 
could sue the Guardian Jar the 
inevitable spelling enat? 

Do 1 hear shouts of "Less. 
less" oi js it simply the thud ot 
software on doctmcr 
Norman Appteton 
Aylesbury 

Enough already* Yauva ahoady 
contravened the Geneva 
convention by using forfure 
HopetuUy we If get the sorted out 
but if Carrie- Anne gets hold of 
your address then that thud may 
be (he sound of bnck on Wo/man 

Universal advice 

Richard Nellist {Reaction 17) 
advised people who wish to own a 
CPC without monitor, to use 
moil-ordei catalogues like Great 
Unlvasal. This warning may be a 
little late but i strongly recommend 
peopje not to use these mali-ordet 
catalogues. They lure you with free 
gifts and can you later 

These catalogues charge 
outrageous prices and, in my 
experience. I have lound tt is 
cheaper and more value (or 
money to use electrical retailers like 
Currys I have devised an up to 
date comparison between Guriys 
and LitUewcods It should speak tor 
itself 

lJttlewoods£219 99, you get 
I . Computer (Amstrad CPO 

2 Modulator 

3 12 games pack 

Cunys El WW, you get 

1 Computes {Amstrad CPC> 

2 GHeen monitor 
3. Modulator 

4 Joystick 

5 12 games pack 

As you can see Cunys can 
Otter you the CPC rbt E2Q.Q4 less 
with the addltjon ot a loysUck and 
a green screen monitor thrown tn 
Mr Hoi Tong Cheng 
Hertford 

Helping hand 

You just have to help me! I want to 




'GtAff HEP 6 ^©owT THAT 

cowisPL^iriT tf&c/t rfWACfe 
To AM^TPAP . , . * 

be a computer programmer but I 
fust don't know the best way of 
becoming One i m not sure which 
area of programming I would bke 
to go into whether il be games; 
ptogiammsrig or mate serious stuff 
[ have rust passed eight "O" Levels, 
including Maths Computer Studies 
and Physics (although how I 
passed that will remain a lifetime 
mystery) 

I have decided to do three A" 
Levels in Maths. Accounts and 
Computers, and [ am thinking 
about the possibility of going to 
University to study computer 
science I have asked many people 
lor ihetr advice but they have all 
told me drUeteni stones. Some .say I 
need a degree, some say I don't, 
some say I should do "A* Levels, 
while others say I should leave 
school now and try :o get a fab as 
a trainee program mei with a 
software company 

What do you think? 1 would 
be very gtatetul lot youi advice 
and may even trunk about 
devoting the rest of my life to 
reading your mag (which is mega 
brill by the way) Please, please 
help me your are my only hope 
Dudley Adshead 
Ratnham 

For a start you can forget about 
devoting your lire to reading Ihe 
mag — devofe if to what's 
important yon As to when you 
should leave luff- time education 
it depends on many tactots !t you 
want to go into games 
programming (hen gucrlj/icafians 
won't be essential ;usr helpful 
indicators as to your inreiJoclual 
ability What wilt matter to a 
software house is your ability to 
program 

The games side at Jfto 
industry is very precarious and on 
no account should you gurf school 



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REACTION 



or college until kouv« got a 
guaranteed rob wifjl reasonable 
prospects. Otherwise you d be 
taking a big risk that you might 
well regret Try to wnte programs 
at your spare time and submit 
them lo .software houses so lhat 
they can asses your potential 

The serious sJdo is a bit more 
clear cut it you went ta go all the 
way m that field then you re 
going to need both qualif ic a ti o ns 
and experience Once you've a 
good idea ot what you want to 
do contact companies involved 
in that held and and out exactly 
what they re looking tot — they're 
tho best ones to advise you on 
what you should do 



Desperate (or Pawn 

Please please, please cart you 
help mo 1 very much enjoy 
playing adventure game* on my 
Amstiad CPC 464 but as you all 
realise, the best adventures sold 
today ate available on dak I 
speak notably ot Magnetic SaoUs 
and Inlocom adventures, the b my 
problem 

I would dearly love to play 
the Pawn an my CPC 464, m your 
magazine you stated lhat the The 
Pawn would only wosJc an the CPC 
6128 I take a that ths means that 
tl I added a disk drive and a 64K 
expansion to my CPC 464 1 would 
then be able to load and play The 
Pawn using commands within it s 
program that are known by the 
6120 only eg commands like Fill 
lhat can be used an the 6128 but 
not the 464 

Poul Tni Cte^pMOttf ChomDra 
Tewkesbury 

Unfortunately its nor that easy 
You would ate need to get hold 
of a 6128 Bom, which will give 
you the necessary additional 
commands For mare into on that 
see the Setter entitled BotUe-Gkss 
464-6J2S 

Quality not quantity 

1 have switched to a 464 recently 
and been pleased about the 12 
bee games, but when I tnsd lo Jind 
games like Siaphght or Army 
Moves I could not find them Also 
as i looked across the piles ol 
software. 1 Looked down to the 
bottom shell where the Amstrad 
salt ware was. 1 nearly went 
aackets. because there was only 
hall the amount ot software that 
there was on the Spectrum oi 
Commodore shelves Is, R because 
that the software for the Amstrad is 
at more quoity than quantity? 



runs thyri to the Spectrum and 64 
m terms of quantity However the 
graphic and sound capabilities ot 
the AmUioO fat exceed those ot 
the Spectrum which is reflected m 
most games 

The 64 a a much different 
machine so it's hard to moke 
comparisons but to coin a 
phrase, what you lose on the 
scrolling you gain on tho detail 
and colour t don't think you'Jl 
have much trouble finding good 
games rust keep reading Action 
Test and take advantage of our 
special otters pages, 



Mega typist 

I am writing to ask about Amsott s 
game Sarasry* When ever t ptay 
and get on the score board I am 
really pleased beOdUS* 1 have 
never boon much good at it The 
ihing thai gets me so annoyed that 
I never want to play 11 again is 
lhat when I do get a chance lo put 
my name on the score board. I 
type in Elaine Connor and when ! 
press return il comes up as Mega 
typet 

Please can you tell me why 
this happens and it there is a way 
ol gettmg round tt 
name Cannot 
Helsby 

My guess is thaf you are 
unfortunate enough to hov* the 
same name as someone at Vugm 
when Sorcery + was being 
written This type of hidden 
message occurs quite frequently 
and aren t always as 
complimentary as this one t 
suggest you type a different name 
info the score table uke £C. £ 
Connor or Borne 



Disk piracy 



Plymouth 

The CPC games market certainty 



Having written to you in tho past 
about paces, ot disk based software 
I am loath to wnte ogam, but wnte 
I must At ths moment m time 1 
can think ot only 3 software houses, 
thai ate charging anything like 
reasonable puces lor their disk 
based games Amsott. DurteJl end 
Players at seems the only budget 
sattwaro available an disk) 

Many companies charge as 
much as £6 more loi the disk 
version a) a game and yet 3* disks 
ate available to trade Jar £2 Oi less 
I know (hoy say that discs have to 
be protected, hence mote 
programing time but when the 
disk version costs hall as much 
again as the tape version ol a 
game does it mean they spent the 
equivalent in time protecting the 
drst*? i think not 

The latest in protection 
schemes rs the mack Box Beater*, 
tor those at you who don t know, a 



'Black Box' is a term becoming 
widely known amongst a certain 
bunch at dog loving hackers for 
back-up utilities such as Imager, 
Multiiace U etc Anyway many 
new games coming on the market 
are being programed to look and 
see if such a device is present and 
to shut down the program d one rs 
defeated 

When you take into account 
the tact that some of ihese 
particular games are not even 
available cm disk, this need to 
prelect software seems to be 
pc ooff ^ioo pcooncoc 
Mr 14 Lawrence 
Bury St Edmunds 

1 think you re rather hard on the 
software houses and rhen 
protection systems They have 
every right to prevent their 
copyrighted product from being 
pirated 

However tt they wont 
provide reasonably priced disk 
software or the ability to transfer a 
program on to disk then I cant 
say I'm surprised at the publics 
desire la "black boxes " This issue 
will nevef go away and if always 
comes down to individual 
■espon-jibihty •- if you have 
pirated software or been an 
accessory to it then you re 
helping to kill this industry and 
doing yourself no favours 1 in tho 
long run 

On That subject we've also 
recurved the toMowtng ietter 

I don't think your maganno shows 
much concern for the software 
industry 

You give raving reviews ol 
copying and hacking progiams 
and you OJkrw these piggrams to 
be advertised You even 
encourage people to hack into 
protection mechanisms 

Lets be hones! — the people 1 
know who. buy disk-copying 
programs not primarily tor 
back-ups ot then own ptogtams <I 
have never had a disk fall) They 
want to copy programs from 
friends and from libraries 

I think you are two-faced 
saying On the surface you don't 
approve ot copyright infringement , 
yet you publish adverts lor several 
copying devices 

U a disk is difficult to copy ■) 
because the sot I ware house 
deliberately wishes the disk to be 
Lincopyabie and would supply a 
replacement m the unlikely cose of 
failure Do you leaUy think you are 
being constructive helping 
[cadets to "break-in' and copy 

As. a piogramnier mysell ] 
have 100% respect lor the honest 
pr o gr amm ers and software houses, 
trying to protect then ideas horn 



hackers, and pirates Eveiy year 
the copying programs gel more 
versatile — ■ and now it seems lhere 
is ho room left whatsoever fat an 
honest, hard-working programmer 
to copy-protect hrs disks 

In your influential position 
you could take a much turner 
stand in delending the rights ot 
software houses rather than 
encouraging your average reader 
(schoolboy'?) to spend his lime 
finding ways lo copy protected 
dfclq 

Fat heaven s sake Britain has 
enough problems Now your 
magazine is helping foreign 
companies to break mto British 
software* 
■obMacKemie 
Monuose 

lm glad you ve never had a dak 
tail because 1 have — several 
times — and it's extremely 
annoying Most hacking 
programs have many potential 
uses including pasting, retrieving 
important lost hies from tatted 
disks, or tor creating and 
examining your own programs 

The piracy question over 
tape to disk transfers cannot be 
resolved until tape bawd software 
disappears, or the software houses 
come up with a satisfactory 
soi'ufion fo the consumer* 
dilemma, as mentioned in the 
previous reply 

Your point about honest 
hard working programmers and 
software houses is another 
problem Quite frequently games 
are released which are quite 
simply ternbie People buy them 
and teel ripped-atl The natural 
human emotion is that d they're 
being ripped-ott. why shouldn \ 
they return the compliment In the 
ond if s rctciUy unproductive but if 
B a two way street and you can f 
;usf ignore if 

As for faking a stand, we're 
here to protect everyone's rights, 
both the consumer and the 
soft ware house 

111 let the test at the readers 
decide it they care for being 
described as schoolboys rather 
thai CPC owners As for your last 
point I'm afraid it leaves me 
battled. 



Resetting wind Cj 

I recently bought the disk version 
Ot Passengers on the Wind through 
your meal order service, but have 
came across a problem When 
commg to a dead end in ihe 
slot yi me the only way f can 
continue playing the game is to 
switch of! and then on and 
re-load 

Pressing the Escape key to 




AMSTRAD ACTION 9 



REACTION 



restart the episode . as mentioned in 
the manual, has no eiiect This 
makes playing the game very 
annoying and is wearing out the 
on off switch an my G 1 28» 

Please could you coritirm U 
this 15 IsteiV to be a iauH on the 
disk , in winch case I wiE return li to 
you far a lepfacerneni. 
Vol Haynes 
Leytonsione 

There should be no problem wtlh 

the- disk Pressing the escape key 
does jeser the story bur & doesn t 
redraw the screen Therefore IT you 
start investigating the scenery and 
characters ogam you should And 
they have gone back to Ihe start 
oi the story 

Snappy buddy 

J List a tew snort and snappy 
comments. Gan you. or some kind 
buddy supply a list of games 
which esc suitable tor the 464 with 
add-on DK'Tronics 64K memory? 
Also any of these in the pipe-toe? 

Can you. or the same kind 
buddy, in I arm me from what 
source /sources E can obtain a 
comprehensive list o| games 
availahie Sot the 464 {Both ancient 
and mod' 

Can you. or the same kind 
buddy, supply a tot of good 
au/ sea y kind simulations tor the 
464? 

Names and addresses of 
computei lams aio very sparse in 
your jolly little magazine. How 
about publishing (in very small 
print a necessary) bSM deta-Js so 
thai ihe pooi old Amstraddei 
knows where to write to when you 
review games lor instance. 

How about a comer oi your 
magazme to which we can write 
with our problems, in return lot a 
small lee' I am beset with many 
such small problems but where do 
we go to ttnd the answer? I don i 
expect you chaps to do ihe job but 
surely there s some bright spark or 
sparks who could tenet the into 
out? 

Robert Lamb 
Col ting ham 

The lists are a time consuming 
prcbtem. the addre&es aie always 
supplied With sonous software 
and the problems are handled in 
Problem Arte where you rust haw 
to take your chance on being 
included — we do fry to help 
everyone 



Helpline outrage 

Last hero shouldn t you be taking 
a more lespansible attitude about 

saltwort* pEtacy You say that you 
don't condone it but on the Other 
hand you print the names and 

10 AM5TRAD ACTION 




addresses ot potential sot! ware 
copers 

I contacted someone irom 
your Helpline list about help m a 
game and shortly alterwards 
received a letter, blatanuy asking 
me if I wanted to swap copies with 
them 

1 know the Helpline 1st takes 
up a whole page, bus shauidn : 
you be doing your bit to help stop 
th» ma easing problem 
Simon Andrews 
Gosport 

Anyone found using the Helpline 
for this sort ot thing will be 
removed immedjatoly We don't 
condone piracy ana 1 tl you have 
evidence of pi/acy. we wjM act 
upon it Helpline a there tot people 
having problems, not tot people 
wanting to np-att software if there 
ts evidence at widespread misuse 
it would have to be withdrawn 



Video loot 

Aires having found tame and 
fortune in Hot Tltps issue 24 I have 
had yet another brainstorm 

How about producing certain 
issues of AA an video Shops such 
as Boots and WH Smith's both 
demonstrate new soitwaie on 
video, but u AA produced maybe 
a "once yearly' video Magazine 
well?"? Jusl think oi the 
merchandising — there's a lot ot 
loot tied up in the Amstjad Action 
Logo" 
BlgAJ 
Solihull 



Blew a fuse 

1 wish to complain about the Cheat 
Mode in the magazine this week 1 
copied oui the cheat mode tor a 
game called Jarlbrea* After every 



line 1 doubled checked that it was 
the same as the magazine then 
when it had loaded il nearly blew 
the fuse, but I turned a off just m 
time and now thai game will not 
load an the same side thai the 
incident occuned 
Stuart Walsh 

Warlord 

Its impossible that the poke could 
have affected your rape because 
ir doesn r try to record anything on 
if Tape pokes wili never aftocf ihe 
fape rtsei' and where a disk poke 
writes to the game disk wb always 
state that tact and advise you to 
use caufton. your ptobSetrn must 
have been pure GomadencB. 



Cheated out of a book 

I am new in Arnold land and only 
have your lasi issue, so 1 sent away 
for the Cheat Mode book, but 
round that supplies had run out 
Like any eager games player 
would be. I was absolutely 
devastated 

Having rust recovered enough 

I from this news to write this letter, I 
ask my tellow readers who have 
put in all the pokes or have a guilty 
conscience about cheating, to sell 
me a copy. If so please contact me 

I either by phone ot post. 
Paul Chambers 
47 Stone Barton Clew 
Plympton 
Plymouth 
Devon PL7 4LW 
Tel; (0752J 336432 

Cricket down-under 

I am wrrong to you to find out tl 
there are any programs specifically 
designed for the purposes ol 
collecting stormg and punting 
cucket statistics The type ot 

I program I am looking tor would 
contain game results and figures, 
also it would contain individual 
career records etc 

II there aie any such 
programs could you forward a brief 
outline of the program and any 
other relevant information to me as 
soon as possible Would you 
include ordering codes d they are 
necessary 

The computer 1 own is an 
Amstrad 664. with an Epson 
DC-800 printer connected 
Russell Potter 
Victoria 
Australia 

We aren't aware oi such a 

program, buf it anyone is, perhaps 

they d like to send us the defatts so 

mar we can print them tor 

everyones benefit. You could even 

wirte one yourself and we'll print: it 
as a Type-In 



Tenth time lucky 

Please please, please, print my 
letter as I have typed 10 times 
before to get it printed Could you 
please tell me il Out feun and 
Rubce Quest will be made on ihe 
Amsnari 464 cassette if so could 
you tell me when they will be 
released i think you mag s brill 
PaulOTkne 
St Helens 

Out Gun l£ being converted and 
should be running out belote 
Chi lit lias Tin not aware of Police 
Quest being converted though 



Optical type-ins 

Is there an Optical Character 
Recognition System for the 
Amstrad 1 ' This system would be 
handy for programs that need lots 
ot DATA hnes typed m Or maybe 
(he listing could be represented in 
bar-code form m the magazine 
and the scanner could be used to 
"type-In" the program 
Jonathan Mc Bnen 
EhntskUen 

It's an excellent idea, but at 
present were not aware of any 
system that will do a tot the CPCs 



Group on the move 

I am writing to inform you al the 
change oi address of the user 
group that used to occupy 

20 Palmetston Gardens 

Ranetagh 

Dublin 

Eire 
Has been changed to 

40 Templeogue Wood 

Dublin 12 

Ere 
Please ask all readers who have 
written to 20 P alme r s t on Gardens in 
the past month {make that two 
due to our deadlines — edJto wnte 
to the above address, thank you 
MuvaiDl 



Big League trouble 

I recently purchased Big League 
Soccer D from yourselves Although 
the game is great lun. I cannot 
re-load a previously saved game. 
Can you help'? 
Adrian Swan 
Orpington 

Many p&ople have had this 
problem The fault s in the game s 
instructions you don't need to 
lemove the game disk at any 
stage Just put the wnfe-prorect 
rob or/ and leave the game dek in 
the drive whan saving It won r 
hmui the game 




Helpline 



\tewf 



Where eoger Amstrad experts volunteer 
aid to fellow readers having problems 



It you toe feel helpful just send us your name, address phone number <say so d you don I want il to be ptmied) and subject an whrch you wont la 
help Ploase wiite on a postcard « the back ol a stuck <town envelope to sunpidy administration here in Ow affioe Send to Helpline, Amstrad Action, 
4 AiwHi Street, Berth, BA1 1EJ. U you ate asking lot help, make direct contact with the appropttate Helplines - dent pester youi usually -patient (but 
pressed) editor By post you must include a sejt<jddiessed. stamped envelopr* tor the reply - otherwise you wanl get are And it you telephone. Side 
to socially acceptable hourd 

It you've read the Reaction pages you'll know there's been a problem with software pnotes using it H this sort ot thing occurs then Ihe culprit 
will he removed U there's evidence a) a mcncri problem then the column will have to stop entirely H you want Helpline to continue then help us keep 
it clean by removing any suggestion of paacy Nun saM 

On anothoi point the- lists of games you te sending m me getting hornbly long ] don I want to stop them but m luhne you 11 be restricted to a 
maximum lout lines each (not including the name- and address) These currently crppeanng who are ovet that hmxt should send in an amended list 
unless they te happy tor me to shorten it lor them 



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AMSCENE 



Monthly update on what's new on the CPC scene 




Stop press, it's Stop Press 



Alter months of delay the 

debugged ribadgsd, lupack- 

aged rewritten version oi A MX 
Pagemdket is teady Desktop 
ptibtehfriq Ls liable once more en 
the CPC Advanced Memory 
Systems s desperately frying to 
shake atf the tad publicity sur- 
rounding the original bug-ridden 

AMS decided to keep the 
ptoject going Gqiiy Alien OfO- 
gramma of the anginal, was 
coiled in to luc the bugs and add 
routtnes previously mussed out 
.1 debugging session involv- 
ing Alex Garry end AMS man 
John Simpson, the pioduct was 
ready During this tune ttjef e was 
a problem over the use of the title 
Pagernafcer already bemg used 
by Aldus, authors of the Apple 
Mociniosh Payomoker and mare 
recently PC Fagcmafcof To ovdm! 
a court ca» AMS rebadged then 
wares Stop ftess Consequently 
new packaging and a new man- 
ual had to be designed Theseare 
all finished 

John Simpson said, 'well 
over 200 packages have been 

•a people waning tar the 
upgrade and others ate going out 
oil foe ame\ Nows the time to 
contact AMS il you haven t got 
version 2 00 We've had a qux:k 
look and oouldn t spot any bugs. 
Watch out for a review at the ■ 
new package next month 

Extia Extra which has also 
been on the board far some time. 



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Stop Press, it's 

Fleet Street 

Editor 



The long overdue fleer Stt&ct 
Edrtor. Msrorsafts answer to Step 
Press, is due to make an appear- 
ance at the Personal Computer 
World show This story e being 
wntten poor to the show, so going 
on past experiences we don't guar- 
antee A will be there The desktop 
publishing package was last 
advertised oven a year ago and 
MinorsotT has been quiet about us 



disappearance until now Ptit 
Bitton at rrairoisc't explained The 




AmstradPCW 




programnuHS ion into ditticurfaes 
when trying to combine test and 
graphics on screen This has since 
been resolved We simply couldn I 
drop Iho package* as we have a 
tie-m with an Gvt-sSoas software 
house" 

A preview ot Fleet Steel 
Editor will bo shown at the PCW 
Apparently it works on a 612S at 
464 with extra memory and disk 
drive At £49 95." enthused Pat. 'it 
should give Stop Rress a run tor its 
money ' Pat couldn t give a precise 
date loc the re-launch, but hopes rt 
will hut the sheets around October 
Inloioslod? Phono Mmatsotl on 01 
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Bam Electronics own the DK tiorucs 
brand name and the tights lo 
manulactuie its goods Alter a 
story appcozd m a Hade paper. 
stating that a peripheral manufac- 
luter was. up lot sale, rumours 
pomted to DK tronics 

Richard Sefcuia Ram's sales 
dueetor oouldn I give us a reason 
lac DCs suclden departure. But. as 
he put H "we are delighted at hav- 
ing out product lange doubled 
ovemighi * When asked what tig 
ure was involved m the purchase 
a) the name and products Richard 
uf tiurpnsingry , couldn t comment 

Weve tried to coniacl DK tat 
mote inJoimation but have been 
unable to gel hold of anyone 

Rarr. hope 1o be able to sup- 
ply all DK stock within the netti tew 
weeks "We wit! be adding to 
'sheDK conjc label, but not before- 
Christmas' said Richard Queues 
and aiders should be directed to 
Ramon0252 85008o 

Sound sense 
from Siren 

t/ltrasound B Suen Softwares latest 
release Boasting speech goneso 
ton a sound dbattss and a pro- 
gram allowing you to turn your 
Amstrad into an electronic Iwv- 
beend it setts at £1290 on disk 
only weasound »s the mast recent 
in a line ot bc^nsed programs tram 
acres the channel si Fiance if the 
others were anything to go by then 
watch out font Dud 061 228 1831 
to pester E. 



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AA 

Competition 

Winner 

The winnei of the AA 

Competition in the September 

issue of AA is Karl Whitelam of 

South Humcersiae. He will soon 

be leeeiwtg his prize at the AA 

mcmoiabilo 

The answers were: 

\) The editor ol the first issue of 

AA was Peto Comiiof . 

2) The first Maslergame was 

Way o! the Exploding rst 

3> The games on. the (as! cover 

Cassette were £ung Fu and 

Number i 

4) The highest-ever 
Masteigame rating of °6% was 
given to ^piridrfflry 

5) The section where leadeis 
gave then opinions an games 
was called Voice oi the People. 
6> This gyration was not pan o! 
the competition, just one at 
Toot's little pins. 

However we did gel some 
interesting suggestions which 
we thought you'd lite to see: 
Temperamental. Overrated. 
Overweight Tadpole from David 
White, Tievar and Olhes "Gnible 
Thing from Michael Stirling. The 
Origin Ol Ttauble Jram Tcrt 
Warm Two-yeat Old 

Obnoxious Troublo-mator trom 
AJ Byfaid. Totally Out Of Taste 
trom Tianteie" ond Terror Of 
Oui Typesetteis from Paul 
Holdaway Perhaps the best 
was. The Outrageously Obvious 
Tie-breaker horn Eonan 
McKenna, which just goes 1o 
prove it wasn't The winner was 
drawn randomly from all those 
that got. Ihe fust five questions 
light I'm feeling generous sg a 
tree game is on Us way to off 
those people 

The closest to the truth was 
Trevor's Only Official Toot trom 
Janson Ragcn. but tn loci it 
stands lot 



Pacman strikes 
back 

Argus Press- Software wore due to 
show three new games at Ihe PCW 
show. The Tube Paekmd and the 
Hunt lot Red October Padtmd b 
an ofhoallY licensed version at the 
Namoo arcade game in which 
you ate again up against Ihe rnea 
rues This time you have your 
whole lamUy with you Power ptlb 
and Hooting fruit cue stiU present 
and, with the help of magic shoes. 
you may be able to get to fauy- 
land. II s due tot release late this 
year 

The Hunt tot God October is 
based on a Tom Clancy book and 
has you trying to find a f?ussian 
submarine The crew want to 
defect to !he USA in the latest 
Russian submarine the 'Rod 
October 

The Tube is another arcade 
conversion Apparently lis going to 
keep ' joystick wobbk>js" happy 
You know who you ate. no names, 
no pack drill 



Eye for an eye 





Board games 
galore 

CDS are launching two new board 
games Uleyre Mdh Jong and 
Casino ffouJette Mah Jcng is an 
ancient Chinese strategy game 
played wrlh tiles In ins mioo vei- 
sufi you can play erlhet against 
the computet c* othei pkryets 

Casino Jtoutefle & the classic 
garnblmg game where you bet on 
where the ball will land in a spin- 
ning wheel If you do go bankrupt 
then yaull only lose computer 
money rather than vouj own. you 
rust have to shell that oui on ihe 
game 

fiememboi when you v. 



Software houses expenmeni wiih 
a lot ot gimirucks to try to hype 
then games this month was no 
exception We get a card saying 
'Kelly s Eye Not", and beating 
ho other information We can- 
toned out curiosity and the next 
day got another one reading Got 
the Eye dea' Absolutely nvelted 
with excitement we awaited the 
next days post Suio enough 
there was another one 
Enough ol 
this 
drollery 
the put- 
pose 
behind this 
nonsense 
was to 

alert us to 
the immi 
n e n i 
arrival of 
the game 
Eye Its a 
gome tor 
one to lout 



ptaycis according to the pockog- 
mg they can be ol ages 7 to 107 
:i s being marketed m the same 
yuppie mannet as Trivial Pursuit 
and Kensington but not having 
played ihe board game we can I 
tell you much else about il 

Ifs being released by 
Endurance Gamps m some very 
nnty packaging Prepare youi 
solve* lot an awful lot ol silly eye 
puns m the months ahead 




young and you received a com- 
pendium ol games at Christmas 
Maw Gremlin can supply some ol 
those games far you in then own 

compendium Yam hosts are the 
Wink family and you can pJay 
games like Snakes and Hazard? 
tudO and Bingo Shakes and 
HaSards has Snakes wngglmg 
•-nd ihe boasd lets hope 
v ie not too teaiistic The campi 
lotion will cost you Ev 99 on tape 
and 1 14 90 on disk 

Sport for all 

Gtemim ate roieosing a spotting 
game a\ the mould Ol all Ihe sports 
stmukmons that hove gene before 
This version is dUterent in Uial (t 
features unusual Sports such as 
sack toeing, boot fhiowmg run* 
rnng up walls and pdlow fighting 
You are guided through the game 
by a poiiol C wondei i its a 
Norwegian Blue) Priced at E9 W 
on cassette and £14 W an disk 
A7femariVp World Gaines can be 
played by up to eight players 

Tbur de Force b a Gland Prix 
cycling simuJauon m which you 
take pait in g trve stage lace 
through live different countries As 
soon as Ihe slatting gun is ftted the 
race for the yellow )ersey is on The 
other riders die oui to slop you and 
will stop at nothing to win II will 
cost you Ev 00 on sope and £14 99 
on ask 

Eve( wanted to be a detec- 
tivo'> Now you can became Wall 



Disney s Basil tho Scat Mouse 
Defective Dt Dawson, Basils good 
fnond. has been kidnapped (or Is 
thai mousenapped) by Ihe dot 
taidly Haibgan Basil will deduct 
his way onto yam monrtat saoens 
in October at £9 0a on tape and 

More sport 

Ocean ate to releose a bumper 
package of spotting software 
called Game Set * Match Tho 
wl©& are all le-reloases and 
include BcakcHbaH Barry 

McguiQons Boxing Pool Squash 
Hypess&xts. Teiuas Bas?bal! Ping 
Pong Dcdey Thompson s Supettest. 
Super Socoet and McHch&omt The 
pack will cost £12 95 on foul tapes 
and £ 1 7 95 on two diste 

Hewson go 
cheap 

Hewson are launching a new label 
called &*ck-El Us a budget label 
and will be distributed by 
Ntostettjonjc Games retaased will 
include, fraughfc Gamus tar those 
tequmng mteUectual stimulatian. 
Pejf Horde which b an atcade 
adventuie, &hcat^em-4jps lite 
Powctrama demon bashsss in 
Anarchy and Herobetix The fust 
game to appear on Ihe CPC will be 
Lfndium due out m late October 
The games will seH lot S39v on 



AMSTRAD ACTION 13 



AMSCENE 



Here in a Flash 



Mosieitiomic'a latest releases ate 
Mc*» and Flash Gordon and 

should be ' ■ '.■■•■'* now 
Moras bos you manoeuveiing your 
ship around o sales base, whete 
you cac trying to bump the aliora 
ofl i: ■ ;i The aliens dbiect to 

understandably and try to 
return the compliment In Flash 
Gordon you havo 24 holm lojiave 





the world tram the evil Ming, You 
play Flash, ui his attempts b 
destroy Ming in this acrobat type 
game Both coe sn the MAD range 

and will cost you £2,99 an cassette- 
On the Ricochet lobe; there 
aie four re-reteaseS, all d which 
are old Ultimate- games and ihcso 
are Knight tote. Aiien 8 Satvewufl 
and Kmghtshade. All lour at these 
will cost you El 99 each and 
should be out now 

On She Americana label there 
are two mote re-releases. These are 
Saach Head H and Xovkxis Soih 
games should be out now and will 
cast you £2 99 

A tall story 

Electronic Arts UK subsidiary are to 
release several gpames in the com 
ing months The Sard's Tate b a 
ianfiasy rose-playing adventure , set 
m and around (he aty ot Skara 
Brae, it will be out m October an 
ctssk and cost you £14 95 The cas 
scite version will follow in 
November and cost £8 ,95 

Aliens have invaded Earth 
and have set up base m the Aide 
where they are _ converting the 
atmosphere to something more 
breathable tor them, but deadly to 
human* Arctic Fox n a super-tank 
spocdsaiiy designed tor poJcn com. 
bat You have to penetrate the 
totccjiiekt protecting the aliens The 
tank has a heads up. 3D display 
through which you ¥*w the Aichc 
landscape The game is due out 
now and win cost you £3 OS on 
tape and £14 o$ on ds* 



PHM Pegasus gives you con- 
trol d a highly manoeuviobie 
hydroloil in which you tote on 

eight dilfejent combat assign- 
ment Aimed with missiles you 
must seek and destjcy enemy 
sd)s as you travel around the 
wotkts oceans. Electronic Aits 
teamed up with LucastOm for this 
juirie, which is due tor release in 
October It wilt cost Efl.QS on laps 
and EM 95 on disk 



Unscrupulous 

The board game Scruples is now 
being converted \o the Amsbad by 
Leisure Genius, tamous lor their 
other board games ot Scrabble, 
Cluedo and AfonapoJy The game 
features 230 questions and up lo 
ten people can play at one time 
The game s due oui m November 



Martial arts 
rodent 



CRL are to unleash a feartoss mar 

ba] arts expert m a game caBed 

Nsnja Hartisi&r In it you will tmd 

your arch enemies SmsJer Hat. the 
Lizard ot Death and other adver- 
saries You can bite lac* and 
punch your way through your 
opponents m October. Tape Will 
oast you Z& 95 and disk wfll cost 
£14 95 

Defend Ronnie 

Bug Byte are to ro-ietoase DeSCOfti 
as a budget game En it you must 
recjttri control a! the Earths SDi 
satellite defence system which has 
been captured by mvading aliens 
The game vnU be out soon and witl 
cost you £2 99 

The Things are 
coming 

Firebird are to re-release another 
game in then £2 99 range later the 
year Hails of the Things was origi- 
nally released on a disk with the 
title of Wonting Backwards Halts 
a the Things has you wandering 
around a multi-level maze armed 
with swoid. bow and magic There 
ate at course plenty at dungeon 
denizens lo hamper your progress 
It will cost you £299 whan it 
arrives m Wavember 

Bond winners 

The fudging far the one was tough 
but in the end we plumped tot the 
captions sent in by Rvr 



Waggling winner 



Back in issue 22 we ran a story On 
a waggle test on the Karux 
SpeedUng Joystick Tho results 
trough and the joystick last- 
ed loi 662 hours At a rate ex 450 
wpm (waggles per minute} n 
endured 1 7,604 ,000 waggles 
Mans Cfcjert of Belgium has been 
presented with his £ 1 00 prize tor 
being closest to prodding how 
long the joystick would last at 043 
hours A toohy prize | 
Speedxmg was awarded to an 
entrant who predicted 14 minutes 
and anothei Spoedking went to 
the entrant who predicted 9 
yeas 



from Newton Aycirfle His three 
captions were 

A Oh const' Thais tarn D 
they ve got crack Julian Uoyd 
Webtci troops! 

8 Now don't target, that's 
three choc-tees, one water sand- 
wich and a ninety rune 

C He's fallen lot Qs jet pro- 
pelled commode Now where s the 
bjast-ctt button? 

There were lots ot other hilari- 
ous entries but this was the one 
which overall managed to caption 
all three pictures well 

We can't pnnt all the run 
nejs — up captions but here's a 
selection. IdUowed by the list ot 
twenty runneis-up 

A Good job you don't play 
the piano James . 

No. were not "Brahms and 
Liszt" rn charge o! a cello 

Wish we'd brought (he double 
bass then we could have given 
those two guys a hft 

Just smile at them dealing 
they'll think were Amencar. 
tourists 

B. Hold this while 1 adjust my 
wig strap 

What do you mean artell if If 




it ten't — then why are you wear- 
ing a acts mask? 

Take ihts money Bond and try 
to get me a hearing cod that fits 

OK Bond. tU buy your 
pen-kniie Now cut this thin oil my 
chmJ 

C, 1 can't get up) I'm stuck an 
bloody spike, this long 1 

That wo5 great Mi Bond Can 
we go on Ihe big dipper ncW 

Is this your hrst tune lest driv- 
ing a mini? 

Are you sure thrs is a HabitaT 
sota-becP' 

HunneTs-tip Kevin Hail. York. 
Rhys Maddocks MansiiDki CA 
Sharp, SheUiekL GJ Bostock. 
Urmslon; Bon Brindley, Fife; John 
Kirwan Beetle. Mark O'Connor 
Bnmmgham. JP HasseSl Dover 
Davil WilUcaro Mold Malcolm 
Cunnifle Kirkcaldy Shaun Quirk 
Southampton Qeg Egan 

Stalybndge. Anlony Money 
ttursrrp Banim Hamilton, Buxton. A 
Bemat. London W9 Ken Harlkmd 
3rd Adrian Biawnlow. 
Hucknan, Petef Daniels ShoHieid 
Scott Bowie. Stirling. Anon 
HamhciTL 



Freescape 



Drifter fthould be available m 
soon and teatutes Incentive's 
new landscape creating system, 
Free sc a p e The system boasts 
over 20.000 billion 
views of the lunar land- 
scape Your task rs to 
release the dangerous 
gases beneath the 
Moon's suilace and 
avoid the dctonco sys- 
tem which stands in 
your way There am ■ 
also weird alien mecha- 
nisms which allow 



access to other parts Moon Th<? 
game will cost £14.95 on cassotie 
and CD 95 an disk 




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Wi II you be the one !o save Nessie's 

reputation — and the lives of the 

Loch Ness locate? 



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Full flight and battle simulation, 
designed in co-operation with 
British Aerospace to give you 
the ultimate in air combat on 
yourAmstrad. 

m Avery impressive combination 
of simulator and fighting* 
— Amstrad Action 

^Highly recommended" 
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in the summer of 1 940, and 
the Bottle of Britain is just 
around the comer. 

Rise through the ranks of the 
RAF towards the coveted title of 
Group Captain, DSO, DFC,VC, 

'A good balance, particularly it 
you're looking for something 
fhaf II be a challenge without 
being too difficult. 
— Amstrad Computer User 

£9.95 tape, £14.95 disk 



Wield your Sai weapon against an increasingly skilled 
series of opponents, 

"Excellent graphics, animation and a gameplan with a 
touch of originality make ft a very desirable 
fighting gome. ' — Amstrad Computer User 

£8.95 tope, £13.95diSk 



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Find your way out of Arnold's insides before the power 
goes down and the lights go out on Icon Jon for good. 

'Plenty of objects, puzzles, and humour that will keep 
you bashing away for many an hour. 
— Amstrad Action 

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SERIOUS SOFTWARE 



Midi Music 



The world of Midi is large but not necessarily complex. 
Richard Monfeiro investigates musical possibilities. 




I At first «gbt your Arostrad's sound c apn r jtitttB t aren I exactly mouth- 
watering — a lew beeps and squeaks which can amount to a reason 
able, but hot exactly ear-throbbing tune Add one box and an eJectrank: 
instrument and the roar s the lrmii ¥ou can plug in a synlhesBW, digital 
guitar 01 ©Jectromc drum kit and open up a whole new world o! lug-lute 
entertainment 

A computet is an ideal tool tar controlling electronic instruments — 
indeed many pjatesaorad mustctans such as Monitor* ttee Scents and 
Joan Micmi Jan© use computers on stage to achieve special ottects at 
the touch al a key No longer do you need to piny or: trubument a com- 
putet can do it e&arttesBly And the CPC can do it better Than most home 
mjna*. 

Unlike the computing ttateimry music makers opted tar a standard, 
through which all electronic instruments could commurwocite. The 
'Musical Instrument Digital Interlace' or MIDI is In many ways strrulo! to 
an KS232 mtertac* it can naaowtt and send binary m to r mali on 

Todays elections musical instrument ss stmikjj to a simple corns 
— shan on user- iiiandliness but powerful in the right departments cm Bus 
case m mxmng unique- sounds) Protossonal musicians have had to turn 
to the computer in aider to manipulate instruments and state composi- 
tions easily 

Your Amstrod can tune m to a multitude ct Midi packages compris- 
ing a) interlace- and software, avaUabie tram various Uutd -patty compa- 
nies Musical instruments arc in no short supply either 



More on Midi 

Sat years ago Davo Scott at Sequentml Circuits, makers a) the Prophet 
range a) synthesizers, proposed the Universal Synthesizer Interlace 
Alter lengthy djscusssn with Japanese manufacturing gnants — 
Roland and Yamaha to name a couple — a much expanded format 
evolved Midi was bom 

Midi uses a binary language similar to RS232 Dutn im<->nts am 
connected logelhoi via 5 pin DIN plugs Each instrument has at least 
one. out at three possible, connections Midi-in Midi-cut or Midi'":! 
MkIi-ui receives data. Midi out sends data and Midi-thru 15 loi con- 
necting me* o than one bc*-oMngks together 

Thete are 1 2& note values (ccnespcndJng to a jonge o! ten and 
a .hall octaves on a piano) available through Midi Vibrato, wow 
and pitchhtond are some at the effects Midi can cope with 
Computers are perfect tor storing and editing data This explains the 
IrnJt between man music and micro 

Further iniarmation on Midi can be tound in the loltowtng 
books Midi Bastes by Akiia Otsuka and Akihiko Makairma it's a 
paperback published by Amsco at £7 95 JS8N 71 19 0952 Midi 
lor Musicians by Craig Anderton is anothei alternative Published by 
Amsco it sells tot £995 ISBN 71 19 0822 2 



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EMR £1 29.8$ for interface and Krftwar* 



Zkctiamuse Research wax tm> ik» to bung Midi io the Amstrod ccmpyt- 

^erfaoe and software appeared m August tast year Since I 
time several companies have tebased packages al varying degrees erf 
worth 

The Midrfraet Parfcrmer soltwaie (on both disk and cassette u 
same package! is normally said with an mtMloce tot £130 85 11 js possd- 
fate to g*t the items individually ftul one ts useless without the. othes 
fefarmej allows you to record music and pkiy a bade and a-' 

Foul EHN socket air- located at (he bock o-i the interface. Clock, 
Midi' in, Midi-outi , Midi-ouS2 You should be tarntiiOT with aH the sockets 
Pea dock This gives you the option al contiallmy the system wa an 
external timing device, such as a ihylhm unit « sequencer As there can 
two Midi-out pests you can control two instruments Further instruments 
may be connected via EMH's MkKUnk CE2P.95J 

Lcud the Performer software to treat yourself la a pleasing visual dis- 
play Functions cue altered cm selected by moving, and ultimately dtck- 
ipg an anow-Iifce cuisor over icons: The display a daunting to the begin - 
net but referring to the quick-scjeGn-guids soon has. you loving atounci 
rebelliausly Movement is achieved using a joystick or the cursor cluster 



Keeping track 



The raeen is spin into two groups of wons track setting to (ha loft at 
the screen, rxtaje- ana aHei-pJayaig ai rooccding options on the right 

Vou have eight nodes to play with which oan bo likened to tracks 
on a digiia: rwxxdmg system Each track stores information legaidmg the 
tiack slats (whether ts is on or off during playback), channel la which the 
data is sent (then are 16 possible Midi channels) and whether a track 
loops during playback it also stores the control setting which ojetemunei 
what s Stated while recording — store everything, velocity but not prev 
sure ci aJteitouch pressure bulnotvejoatyor neither pressure at veiocrty 

It ts possible to edit nocks during reattjrne by selecting punch-In 
from the Hack «cn Say you record a tune and inadvertantly hjt a bum 
note Sy using Punch-In you can listen to your oampastiafi and hit the 
correct key before the attending note plays 

The right-hand group al icons gme you a number at operating fea- 
tures — these cannot be access ed while recording or playing Loading, 
saving deicmg and cataloguing at Mes is permissible As ate an army erf 
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Commodore 64/128 Cassette (£9,99) and Disk (£14 99) 

IX. Specif m4Sk/)28W+ (£999) 

Amstroc CPC Cassette (£9,99) and Dtsh (£H.99) 

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■ Metronome gives you the ehoara? of having o beat to playback « 
iGCad to. 

■ Tempo (speed) of the recording a playback can be altered Even hi 
real time 

■ A time signature can be set to enable correct bar counting by using 
TtmeSig 

■ Recorded tracks may be played back m a pie-determined order by 
selecting the powerful Arrange toon 



Price performer 

n&t & ofletuig Amstrad Action readers the Mklitrack Portormot at an 
«masmg E99 35 A £30 drscouni d you phone Mike Bwctiffl en EMU 
(on 07CQ 335747) and toll him you read about st hoie This superb 
oftoi lasts tor one month starting tram the 8th at Octobet Don't miss 
out 



Incorporated m the Mxli tract ftxrarmer package » everything the 
novice needs to got down to serious keyboatd bashing There is ample to 
interest the eld-hack You will tind yourself using the Midi instrument 
rothoT than string m bant at the computer clicking icons and wienching 
atoyshefc A package Ihal would perform wen on stage 

11 the ftvfarmor does not meet youi requirements then don I despair 
EMH's upcoming products are bound to generate interest Promised are 
the Mjriitracir Composer Materia Editor and Toolkit Further mlormatiart 
tram Dectromusic 



GOOD NEWS 


SAD NEWS 


■ Ji*r friendly tram '«nd. 


■ Puce i» greater than other w* 


■ The btd tnffroducfkm to ffw world 


Inn 


of Midi 


■ Lrfniied»o eight ffoeki 


• Stmpfc to master 






f M H I in'prl^c* M> rut h 1 into «ti# CPC 



IS AMSTRAD ACTION 




Midi Interface and DX7 software 

Silicon Systems. tWW interlace. £59 95 software 

Continuing m its long tine ol hardware add-ons tor the CPC computers 
Silicon Systems has just introduced the Midi Interlace The box consists al 
Mtdi-m. Midi-out and a couple d LEDs to indicate data How The interface 
is useless Without software — this is extra and £ synthesaei Specific 

Yamaha DX7 and Eruonlq ESQ1 software is ready We couidn I get 
our hands on an ESQ! synth for Ihs issue, but look cut tor a review of the 
Editor (£74 9S) and Sequencer C£50fl5> packages m loiihcarrurYg months 

The DX7 sattware includes Data Dump and Editoi facUuies A library 
ol sounds b also included Thnty-rwo unique sounds can be held tn the 
COCn butter The 32 sounds are coliectively known as a bank Silicons 
software lets you send data banks to and from the Yamaha Ol course, 
single items ol sound data can be manipulated The reason lor lecervmg 
and sending wund data u to store all the Information on disk, and then 
load el back when loqused 




Synthesizer software 



Following hot on the hesis ol the DX? and ESOl software are editors 
and dump facilities loi Ihe Roland. DSC (£5995) Roland MT33 (£59 95). 
Casio CI 101 CE39 95> and Yamaha FB01 (£39 95) If you have a synlh 
that isn't toted phone Silicon on Qol B48 8959 they may be wnttng 

software tor tt 



The sattware comes with 16 banks ol sounds Having 500-pius mdi- 
vidua: sounds lustUies the crskmg price alone You can rum your synlh 
into a brass band, grand piano drum kit or even a hetoopter — an 
astounding range of. efJocts and sounds, 

To edit q sound you can! simply choose one from a bonk and enter 
the Editor instead the sound you wish to meddle with must be download- 
od from the DX7 — a bmd m the sound docsn t originate tram ihe DX7 and 
must be sent (here m the rust place However once the sound is m the 
Editor , editing occurs in rood tone 

Sue operator! which can affect each other in several ways, are used 
lo define a sound on the Yamaha These aie open io aitaqk in the Editoj 
It s best to alter existing sound daia rather than starting from scratch cre- 
ating sounds rs a complex ballgame A graphical display of ihe operators 
can be called to view, but unfortunately can 1 be alieted directly 

Silicon s DX7 satTware b a must iJ you have such a synlh True there 
s no othtt sattware tor the CPC to com par e it with, but it performs well, 
has o competent edilar and supplies you with a weal th al new sounds 
And b tapdly learnt as options are displayed at an limes 



GOOD 



NEWS 



■ Seal r*r» edrtUg pottibt* 
• Simple yet pawW-j> 

■ Over MM new sounds to gr*# your 
DX7. 



GAD NEWS 

Operator giopKi eon") be manip- 
ulated d«ec My 
■ An unnecessary rigmarole 

required to edit o sound 










Music Machine 

Ram aeclionlcs. £49 95 tape. CM .95 disk 



Issue II 7 earned a full i(row ot Ram s beat box — the only other al tcma 
&vd Midi device for the Amstrad lis bas^aUy an interlace with ^andard 
Midi pats. However underneath hides a mattering <* other intriguing 
tdaltfiw lot the musoni and enthusiast alike 

Sue connections oan be found at the bade of (he Music Machine 
That s no bad thing When a annoying a thai none at than are labelled 
This means you have to relet to the manual e very ton* you wish to plug 
something m Three Midi pats are present MidMn Midi-out Midi ftuu 
Headphone miqiqprx»M?arKJlauctio<^t5dClcet5aiosirriiicnly placed 




You may have guessed by now thai the Muse Machine ii mare 
than fust another Mid; interlace Indeed, it provides fcund sampling, van 
ou3 drum beats, echo and even lets you compose and store compositions 
Midi plays a small pott in th» package any inference to its Mid) capabil 
Hies ate concealed at the back of the manual, and few pages are devol 
ed to the svtojeci 

The sampler and drum sounds aie the most exciting aspects to the 
package J! you wish to sample your own voice or other noises then you'll 
have to lose the drum sounds (they arc sampled) A mere I 1 seconds ot 
sampled sound can lit in memory This isn ( limiting ii you realise that 
short words are spoken, on average in a 20lh ot o second Sample rate is 
luted which sdacrppoiJiang 

By entering lb* drum or bar editor you can compose pieces of muse 
— restricted to memory availability Ail the usual editing loaUues ok pro- 
vided Far example, the tone signature, tempo note values and so en 
can be altered 

II you have a Midi keyboard you may ptay a captured sound aver 
the keyboards full musca! range Composed tune* may foe *ent to the 
synth. but tittle else You cant store ecii! and then playback musical 



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ipesmons using a Midi instrument to tact the Music Macfune s vary 
limited in this department Ram premised software tor the Midi uset This 
r :as not appealed so far and there seems little chance that it will 

The Musk: Machine is not ot much use to the Midi musician You 
may have sampled sounds to ptay wuh, bui not much use to the Midi 
user who wishes to edit ot store keyboard compositions Best tot tha home 
uset who doomi want to stay from the CPCs beeps and squeaks 



O O D 



NEWS 



Terrific sampled drum rounds. 
Manty of (unctions to keep you 
amused. 



"> NEWS 

■ (m possible toftote or edit Midi 

comootitions. 

Awkward lo kislen to drums and 

muiic nmuitonftQuily 
" Of lints use to ihe M->a< uwr 



What instrument 

Vou've gat the interlace and software but have you the nghl instrument"? 
Wadmg through the masses of them is hard going So why not take a 
took at our su gg e sti ons? From budget to the business. 

Cheetah have recently extended then MK range. Thetr cheapest s 
the Midi MK5I1 keyboard ai £1W 95 Putty polyphonic with 6 1 key*, pitch 
bend and octave shilt Top a! the range is the £390 os MK7VA Boasts 7 
octaves velocity and pressure sensitive wilh pitch bond and modulation 
wheels Even has three keyboard split points A! the astounding pnee at 
£1 59 95 Cheetah are oaoirng ihe complete DP5 electronic drum kit 

Casio have a very hill selection of keyboards rust scraping the C200 
tamer Many hrgh street electrical stores iiki? Drxons have several key 
boards in stock Check them out Case have a couple ot Midi guitars 
which took promising to ixntKuJar the SOD series which come in at £499 

A shoulder strung instrument is on the way ham Yamaha The 
SHS10 keyboard rs rumoured to hit the streets at around £149 Ot course 
Yamaha ate also maker* ot the hugely successful DX range — especially 
iheDX? You can pick one up lor a cool £1000 foul hunt around in music 
papers tot the best bargains 

Ths is by no means an exhaustive look H merely gives you a taste 
as to what is available The Complete Guide to Synthesisers, Sequencers 
& Drum Machines by Dean Friedman serves as handy rtference to pur- 
chasing an instrument It offers puce lists and illustrations. Published by 
Amscoat£9 95 tSBN &256 2414 2 



Helping hand 



Many thanks to Tony Jenkins tram Glastonbury Somerset who 
helped us make the tight connections and loaned us a Yamaha DX7 
syntbesaor Tony has been working w«h Midi mshuments and their 
computet counterparts since then conception In hrs trme he has 
worked with Ntok the Hddle" who played vntto on (he Rolling Stones 
album Goats Head Soup and mare recently Sieve Jottffle formerly ot 
Tangerine Dream 

Thanks also lo Dave at the Bath Computer Shack tor kindly tot- 
ting us use the Cdsto CZ23CS keyboard thai appears as part of our 
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WORDS WORK 

How to get the most from your word -processor and printer 

JJ[riTP> tine triflrc rmri trtcttr-c &1«;rt *st£»v£i what will appeal cm each painted page Header and looter teatl ca 



More tips, tricks and tactics. Also Steve 
Grand shares his knowledge of the 
PenDown word-processor, but first, print- 
ing from Tasword. 

Printer commands 



Tasword otters a vanely OJ commands to alter the style in which texl ls 
sent to (he printer And these cue others thai help you organise the lay- 
out Certain commands require a keypress cor two at most), others are 
reached by passing through sub-menus and further sub-menus 

Only a handful ol one- or two-key commands exist For example, 
you can opt to have o page break on screen. Handy, as you can judge 



what will appeca on each punted page Header and looter text can be 
viewed and altered using control key sequences, but that's il AH other 
functions which arc ultrmatoiy directed lo the printer are accessed vxi 
menus 

Codes tor the printer are insetted into a document by fust hitting 
contra! space and ihbn selecting the required function There are 40 
tedetmable printer codes which can be held on keys a to l and A to T 
These codes don't get printed They are simply commands tot the printer 
to sum special text style ejfects on and oti The method Tasman has 
adopted tor switching on and an an atfeci. is to use ihe upper case letter 
fat on. and the tower case lot oft For example, B turns bold on and b 
turns il oa Say you wished that' in bold on screen you would have 
Bsthatb On paper you'd get thai 

U either your pnnta doesn't accept Epson codes or a has extra lunc- 
tions csuch as proportional prmt at a selection of Jants) then you might 
tike 10 try to define your own code sequences To do ih» you must get to 



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Grand way with PenDown 

PenDown revealed, Steve Grand pro- 
grammer of the word-processor passes 
on useful hints 

Okay, tot me own up tight away I am sitting m front ol an IBM PC wnl- 
ng this article on WordStar — not On my 1 23 and not using PenDown 

I need access to advanced typesetting features last cut and paste 
and all the other Godsends available to those of us who spend several 
hours a day churning Out text On the other hand in my job as a pro- 
grammer (tat which I also use MS-DOS WordStar). Seaming to use such 
arcane commands as CW 12 QG KB is a tustilxxble though not inconsid- 
erable cost m return (or the extra power 

PenDown was never intended to compete with programs for pro- 
tcsuonal writers Instead H allows people 10 capitalise on an aspect a( 
word-pi oces&ng never loresoen by the authors al Ihe even men esoter- 
ic and incomprehensible pred ec e ssor! to WordStar at al Instead a 
250 .000- word novels, wocd-ptoowaors are spending more and mote 
of their time m. ihe hands or the ncxi-ptctessnnol producing simple, 
short documents tetters short articles shopping lets The value of a 
word-pjccessoi hgj© » not m i±s typesetting lectures but m the way it 
allows one to think in prmt to pour out ideas without tear ol making 
mistakes, to chop and change, to rearrange The computer does not 
care how many times you change yaui mmd You may type away 
while the ideas are flowing, then tidy up and correct rostoJtes later 

To do this job well a word-processor must be simple and as near 
to mvisibio as possible One Golden Pule in computing e that power 
almost means complexity When Peter Huntes wrote the anginal vet- 
son ot P&iDowu for the BBC computer he aimed for simplicity and 
ecse-ot-use at the expanse of some facilities Remember this when you 



use PenDown' concentrate an its use as a Though! Processor, use it to 
play with ideas. Allow yourself: lo try things out and make mistakes 
Wotd-ptocossmg can liberate creativity 

In concentrating on this aspect ot wmmg. JtenDown & not rust a 
cuHJbwn Wordstar As well as its What Vou See b. What You Get" 
design drop-down menus and so on. PenDown adds some extra too- 
tujos The most important extra in this context is the Planner 

The Planner b a very useful prelude lo any wntmg actrviry Use it 
to sort out your ideas into sections, sub-sections and sub-subsections ad 
infinitum (well as lar as sub-sub*ub-5ub-subsub-sur>suto-subiections 
anyway 1 } Don't Jorge' ibal you can rearrange the order al branches 
and their sub-branches at any time by positioning the cursor over one 
at the lines you wish to swap and pressing Copy Then place Ihe cursor 
onto the other line and hit return When you have Brushed ptonraig. 
save it an disk and reload it periodically lot reference, or Hanstei it to 
PenDown Fran there you 
may leave n al Ihe top ot 
the page whilsi writing Ot 
beat it as a list ot headings 
and subheadings inserting 
text in between them as 
you write deleting them 
when finished 

Incidentally IVe been 
known to use Ihe Planner 
fat sarbng out the Order of 
modules when wntmg a 
program Perhaps you can 
think d other usm^ 

Stove Grand continues 
he took at PenDown next 
month 




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the main menu, choose ^Cwtorruae program' and answer Y lo the 
"Define printer control codes CY/Ny prompt To modify a central code tap 
the required letter and enter the code. Your printer manual should con- 
teem a list at effects and corresponding codes Say your printer has an 
option whereby the print-head can be moved backwards one space — 
the gan be useful for printing accented chcnacteii On the D-MP 
machines the code s S, To enter this as option M on the Tas-wora 1 printer 
control code menu hat M. then type m B It is that ssnple 



Ways with Words 

Do you have favourite rucks lor (jetting; the best out o( your watd-praces- 
sar? Or do you have seemingly insurrnountable problems'' Share them 
with other Amstrad addicts. Send thern m to Wards Work., Amstrad 
Action. 4 Sueen St, Bath. BA1 1EJ 



Quality codes 



Reading G Bennett's letter regarding the cutfomisation of reswore* (AA 
24). I altered my Basic program, as outlined However, if yout address k 
not saved tr. notepad l the program crashes When t used 11 the 
right-hand rusttficcrtjon fouled up To remedy this leave out CHR$<A) at 
the end of line 10 

Finally a tip To get. near-letter, quality (NLQJ print tiom Tasword 
select Customise program CO from the menu Then hit Y at the Define 
printer control characters (Y/N) prompt Type Q, 27 -center > 120 <e«ter> 
1 <enter> center > q 2? <enter> 120 <enter> center > <entef=« Go 
back to the mam menu Typing Q switches on NIQ while q turns n off 
Andy Mair 
West Wickham, Kent 

Reform alter 

Tasword justifies tines by Inserting extra spaces lorm the tight. This can 
lead lo passages of text which look strangely stretched out This listing 
reformats an Ascn file generated by Tdsword The program first strips out 
extra spaces and then pads out the line by adding the lequsod extra 
spaces after the longest words. Extra spaces after long words are far tess 
obtrusive to the eye than a series, of widely spaced words to the nght ot 
a line Pinter control codes and the second character set are all dealt 
with property — the screen may get cluttered though 



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iJW POKE .iRETtMS 

410 DATA OS.a&.te.M, 32,05, M, 32,0fc,*0, J2,07,«&, 3e,0l, M,i* 
ATA 60,11, S0,61,3a,0B,t0,rj6,eA r M.62,l!4, 13,14,32, 86*68 
430 GATA 4f, 3a, »I,«St*,;-3,4* f «,3»,06,*0,4l. 28,05, 
440 DATA 04, 40,31,06, 68, 4f,:<d,e7,6#,b9.30.0f,34,86,«0 r 32,0T 
450 DATA 6»»~e,i:,«,fcC,Jt,Z*. 32,06,63, J«,Bt.iff, J:, 12,04,60 
430 DATA Ja, 08,10,37,^,15,62, 3e,e0,}2,g*,«<,.= 3,I%&2,e9,00 
410 CATA 00,02,30 

GPtato 

CatorabM, N Ireland 

The program also works on Ptotext flies 

Another half 

I use Pretext on ram and reauknly require a half symbol (1/2) To 
achieve this I have redefined the hash (#) lo be a 1/2 To use Pretext 1 the 
following must be placed at the start at any rite 

WC itf.fl 

X3C 27,31,0,:. \i,*a, 1«,3?,73,1M,20,9 

. .1,0 
. >,1 

To complete the redefinition type SP in Command mode and answer Y 
to Ifedetme characters <y/n)" When asked to press the character to 
redefine tap shift- 3 and enter 



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To save having this every time you enter Ptotext save this OS the 
printer driver 

All that remains is the redefinition of the character on the screen 
This is the short program 1 use to boot ftofexf 




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-BOL 3S,«4,1»2,7*,«2,6I,S,30,0 

The works lor the DM? 2000 and 3000 printers If Dp switch 
D52-4 (download characters) is on — you shouldn't have problems with 
Epson compatibles if they have this feature i didn't need the line >OC 
27 * "0 0,0 until 1 had upgraded my primer with the Golamajk Systems 
Bullet Upgrade kit U your printer Iran ! been modified try it without the 
in-.* 

Martin Fuji as 
Beverley. Yorkshire 

Second character set 

1 own a 61 2d and DMP 2000 printer and have often tried to print lor 
etgn ch a r a cter s bite accented letters (e lor example) Horn Tasword 6 }28 
I never managed n unhl 1 lound a README file on the master disk On 
loading 1 discovered it contained amendments and additions, along 
with a section on printing foreign characters 

The gist of it is as follows don't install Tasprinf Go to the mam 
menu (by pressing control Enter) and hit 6 to enter Base Type 
lOADrprintepS ban - CALL &9D10 <entet> and serum 10 the moffi pro- 
gram 

To test this new installation type a tew characters from the Second 
Character Set and go to the print menu Everylhjng appears an paper, 
but the bottom row of Ihe charactet pattern & missing due to the 
Amstrad seven bit parallel port U$e Taspnnf to overcome this Included 
m the README ftle are instructions to save Tasword with the changes 
made Havealcok 
Jonathan Hill 
Wlgtoh, Cumbria 



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Have you special tricks and tactics with serious 
software and hardware? Share them with other 
Amstrad addicts. Send them ta "Hot Ti ps". Amstrad 
Action, 4 Queen Street, Bath, BA1 IE J. Remember 
the best tip each month gets £20. 



Disappearing Basic 

Try entettng POKE into a Base program [61 28 only) li you press 

ESC the program breaks, but the listing vanishes — rust as if the program 
had been saved with the P option 
Tony Hoyi* 
Si Annes 



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John Soon 
Bedfordshire 

Studio tricks 

For (hose with aairsbud's Art Sfudio. heie cne a lew lips which hove 
saved me a lot of time and effort 

When editing a character set use ctal end the cursor duster io select 
a character without affecting the onscreen cutset 

In magnify mode using Ctrl and the cursor keys will scroll (he 
saeen without affecting the cursor Keys 10 to 13 automatjcaUy select the 
current colour 

Finally the best way to view a screen ts to use the up-down toons m 
the top nghl comer. "The whole screen scrolls up or down but you can 
still use undo on the last thing added to the picture 
Mark Allan 
ntdoar 

Space removal - the sequel 

Further to the the September issue regarding the removal oi extra space* 
at the end of lines I have discovered that Bosk is capable of removing 
spaces (or at toast ensuring that they do not occur) from lines. 

To activate the space removal mode type poke tACOS), i. The 
address is lot a 0126. its likely to be different lo athei machines 

Say you entered a line 

10 p SPACES* :Pfc: 



Disk labels 

My disks have never been proper ly labelled because 1 couldn't be 
botheied lo keep an up-to-date list U you suite! from the same problem 

then lolksw these steps. 

■ Switch an your punter and enter pi >«*• 

i in direct mode 
9 Enter CPM type DIE, hil Cut Pond press lefum 

■ After punting pies Ctrl P 

What you should have on papei is a directory of the disk in condensed 
pint The perfect sue tor a disk label 
Dave Curtis 

Items and bars don't mix 

Another method lor welcoming the Syntax error message when using 
the bar < i ) symbol m a REM saipirani <4M only), is to place a quote 
mark immediately after the REM or ' command 
Styn Evans 
Whitby 

Printer power 

1 have modffled Paul Bowers Poster printing program which appeared in 
AAJ4 

In line 40 the semi-colon has been replaced with a comma Ths 
prevents the question mark appearing in pun" Line 70 turns on the $1h 
bit to access the punter's IBM second character set Lines v0 and 100 
print the character — either 255 (space) or 219 {solid block) Graphics 
characters obtained when hitting Ctrl and another key may also be 
printed 

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Using the space removal pake you would get 

10 PBIHT "iOTS OF SPACES* ;pp 1ST 

Note that this only works on fines when you type them mor&dil Ihem 
Tony Hoylo 

RAnN 



Say goodbye 



When you ve snapped off the tab on one of youi cassettes and decide to 
record aver it iaiei you usually have to hunt tor selloiape and place it 
across the holes There ts an easier way ihough picas eject on the 
recorder At the back to the left you'll see a black lever pointing 
upwards Push n back and hold it there, press record, put the tape m 
hold record down and tmalty press play 
Sfmen Edmonds 
Portsmouth 



Eight-bit port 



U you wish to lecetve 6 oils at parallel data feom youi printer Own th» 
might interest you 

Provided your guarantee has expired you can open the 464 and 
cut the back as shown below Connect a wire bom the cut track to ihe 
poani shown tn tbe second diagram The eighih printer line may he 
switched tn by sunning the small patch NB U your guarantee hasn't 
expired or you're not too hot an technical matters, don't attempt Hits, 
because we can't be held responsible tar any mistakes 

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Hew many times have you typed RDM "DISC" instead of KUK "*£Nl<" or 
wx versa"' U you have a sector editor then this trivial but annoying 
problem can be dis pensed wuh easily 

l have used the Head Over Heels disk as my example To run the 
program you must type BOW *WBW I have altered it so you can type 
either mm "KKNH" or run "Disc" Thts pioceduie can be oanied our on 
any disk based piogiam Just follow these steps 



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on back 0, sectors ■. to t ; . fat a data larmatted desk Tiadt 2. sectors 
lo ,■ i tot aCPMdsk 

2. The djioctory is split into 16 byte blocks, each block corresponds 
to a tile. Say you have HOH; find She block corresponding to MENUBAS 
(took at Hg 1) and noie down the nuinbeis. 

3. Find an ompry tslock — usually tilled with ,1 — and enter the 
Ifibyles 

4. Check that you didn't make any mistakes and then change the 
hlenam>:' to bytes 1-11), making sure you don't 
enceed the allocated area 

5. The dnoctory should took similar to lig 2 

6. Save the sector to disk. 

It wont matter whether you type K " " n " " both 



wfll execute the smme tile Having two or more Wenames will not leduoe 
the memory lelt on the disk 
Peter FecrthftrttaM 
Leeds. Yortshire 

Clear screen 

Here are two alternative methods tor clearing the screen: 

STRINGS (2 S> 10»:CH* 

PRINT STBII*e?<2^. ili;--HRS|i2} 

The iiiit saolls Inc wnole screen upwards the second downwards. 

DcnfitHDBttn 

North KeWlratti* 

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A Quicker speed wine than Alex And's (issue 22) is to type i«««: ;all 
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experience "Hrit« error a' then assign a dlftetent value to a%. For 
example. *V 
Craig Parkinson 
Rotheiham. South Yorltxhlie 

Crazy characters continued 

Mot wanting to be tell out ol the craze lor odd character sets, here are a 
lew I have written One produces minor witling anothei reduces the 
wtdth (but not the space it occupies) of the character by halt, and the tost 
gives computer Bed tfxi 

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RpM goes on his latest problem solving 
escapade. If your CPC's in danger, if you 
need help, then perhaps you can contact 
the AA team. 

Lost commands 

! have recently acquired a second-hand C-iTOH 35 10 dot matrix 
printer Unfortunately it came without a manual and I was wondering 
tf anyone out there could help I would lite to know the codes lor the 
lull capabilities of the pnnfet inclusive ol text and graphic commands I 
woiiid be most grateful far the alternation 
Mrs Bd Corns 
New told VCTdon 

The punter you mention » an Apple ofclie Try gswng them a zing en 
0442 60244 Thoysheutd be able to supply you with the necessary 

More Midi 

1 am thinking at purchasing the Ram Music Machine and a Casta 

CZlGl Midi synthesizer However as you know, the Musk Machines 
editing functions (Sew mudi composfjons) arc severely limited due lo the 
memory taken up by the sampling section 

Whir- beating through my muse magazines. I chanced upon an 
advertisement lor DCHP Deotionies They produce a Midi interlace kit 
the Amstrad CPC with software capable oi staring and helping la create 
sounds on the CZ1D1 They also have software capable cJ turning the 
CPC into a Midi sequencer Gfeat But I would like to buy the Muse 
Machine rather than thett interlace 1 was wondering it n would be 
possible to use DHCPs software with the Music Machines interface 



Ben Poole 
W«tcttJf-cn-S*a 

DHCP have several Midf packages toi numerous Cases and Korg 
tnstr umen» Each package comes in Ihrae versions One & compatible 
with RAMa music machine another with EM&s Midi interface and the 
last a tor DHCPs own interface Ccnfaof DHCP en 0440 61207 tot further 
details 

Unfortunately we discovered DHCP a httle too late to be included 
in the- Midi article Kemp your eyes peeled tor it in future issues 

Questions, questions 

1 Is ii possible to save a Basic p t o g i am m both Asai and protected 
mode'' 

2 What or? the best books tor starting machine code, advanced 
Basic and add-on projects toi the CPC 61 26? 

3 What are the addresses far the potts of the CPC 61 2S' J 

1 Oh ttte CPC 6128 how do you poke m to the second 64Kot RAW 
j ive tried everything but I can't set the screen osteins tor Taswad 
6129 Putting commands into the Baste toadei doesni wort etthet Can 
you help'' 

6 Itow can you print a character m two or more colours? In Basic it 
possible? 

7 How do you delete a IB* uom disk without having to load a 
special program? 

Duiehi Kennaay 

Hothlmnhiim 



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Direction 




The second bank of memory a spbl into 4 blocks of 76k first you 
must swHcft a parfjcuto block into memory Ths a done usmg the 

, command Liferent values of x switch m dttterent blocks to 
Jooaftonataoo: *C4 fffsf block ccS second btock *c« third block and 
*C7 for the fourth brock Say you wished to poke the third block out 
tlf&a, tC£:P0tX cany Location bat— n (4000 and t8000>, <any 
v«iut b«tw**fi a and 255> To yet back to normal enter OUT 
iTTOOj. 6C0 

Go to the mam menu (by pressing control and enter) and wtoef 
Customize program Answer no ro all the questions until you meet 
Change program Answer yes A kirthet set o( quesives appears- giving 
you the choice of altering colours and so on Alter -whatever you 
regime That done you should be back to the main menu. Pre* Save 
Taswad At! will be saved 

> The amplest method ts to print two symbols on top ot each " " 
dillerent colours to create the itnal charactet Say you wished to pant 
the character o wrth a tdde over it you could have th&otn white and 
tbetjJofcincyan 

Id MODE 1 HUH? CHRSCi} CHR5(1) INK 1 26 INK 2 20 
2D LOCATE I 1 PC* i PHIHI ) 
3D LOCATE t . 1 PES 2: FRIST *-- 

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The cbr9(£2) cms <u in line 10 swifches 
wpte how to switch a aim imeSO 

7 Simply assgn the name of the /ik> yea wish to ctase to a string 
variable dor example a9-"old*i:i»-b**" Then use the command 
JlEAtogefndofrf ■s-"oid*iia.fa«"j iera, eas 



Disapp49aring data 

I awn a GI2S and have giaduaUy taught myself the rnecbanxs ot Base 
I am witting a diary piog i am which can be kept on disk, however 1 
have encountered a pioblem when loodmg data The data s saved as 
>iu,b) - xs holding what happens a the day and b the month On 
some days nothing is happening and so nothing rs saved When the 
data is re-loaded EOF in line OlO appears on the screen and the 
program stops The relevant sections are listed below 



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Andy Mast 
Wesi wickham 

7he EOF occurs because you are frying to read in mare data than was 
written to aj$* To gel round fhe ptobt&m wnte the whale trie including 
thi- empty entries. SimpJy change line 550 to. 

550 WITH l9.*S(».bj 

Window cleaners 

I am writing a plagium m machine code using my 6l2fl and AMX 
moT.Bc that uses the WIMP environment I am having problems with 
the pull down menus as they leave a blank space m then place when 
they are clocncd. I know I have to save whal was in the space before 
the window is placed into memos y and then replace it when the 
window is tmished with but how' 1 may need several saved parts d 
the saeen m memay at a MM 

a 
Walshern>-le-Wtlk*w* 

Gawd Lincoln had a Type-in published m issue 17 that does /ust what 
you want !t can be found on page 32 under the guise of Wmabw 



Extended memory 

Your extended catalogue- program was successful in transferring my 
gomes to dak on my 6138. except TC* the ones which had a low start 
address (below 1 000 its example) With these I kept receiving a 
memory full message Please can you help 1 
Paul Hinde 

ihhh 

Basic starts at 363 and reserves space tot itself lb cknm some of the 
space back use the OPENOUT command Say you washed to toad 
something in at location i00- opiworjT-ir-: memory 4 9»: load 
-f ii*" , soo will do the toe* You won 1 be able to load fiJes lower 
than 280 unJess you resort to machine cod* 

Moving down 

I have been itanstening some ot my taps based games, to disk but 
same ot them overwrite the dak operating system ! have ^^ us^Sf 

the screen to store machine code and then relocate it using the isting 
below, but it does not wotk. Con you please explain why it doesn t 
was 



LD IL 4C000 

w M.a&o-o 

LC 8t l»n^th of m*rhir,» cod* 

mm 



Robert Stockman 
Galhamptan 

The LDDI5 instruction moves (he data which ends at &C000 down to 
&AOO0 The HL, DE and BC registers are then decremented until BC 
equals sew To make the routine work ccwectfy you need to use an 
LD1R instruction instead ot the LDD/7. The LD1R increases ML and DE but 
sftU decreases AC unM BC equal'; sno 



Finding keys 

Two qucstKms haw can I write a program to read the keytocaid input 

ol a key pressed with oonlioP Do you know ot a program thai can 

enable Botoxtio use the extra 64k c* the e 1 Zff* 

Alan Ton 

Republic or Singapore 

7b test a key pressed with emtio/ use 1NKEY Fot example $ you waft 
to test tor control and A you would use the line 

io rr iwxr<fi«i"J2 tbe».. 

The number in brackets foJiowrng INKEY icfers 
number These can be found on tap of thi? drive casing tot 
users; or m the Use* frssfructtorw The vutue atfei J2 determines the 
keys state that is either on its own with shift wtfh control er wiih baih 
Sniff and control The 32 in this case checks tor keys pressed with 
control Yout User tosftuctioris 1st al! fhe passible values and What they 
do 

Does anynne know Of a program that aliows Ptotexl to use Che 
sieoond metnofy bank'' We haven t heard ol one 

Extra memory 

1 have a 464 and Tdsword 464 and need extra memory Is the 04k 
memory upgrade available lor DK Domes suitable tar my sei-up? 1 don t 
have a disk drrvc 

A Avtson 

S Humbeiside 

Taswoid 464 and 404D dan ( use extra memory if rf is present 
However Taswoid 612& does - unforrunatety tts only avaitobte on 
disk /m afraid you re snookered 

Which machine? 

Is there a shot! Bas*e listing that can tell which CPC (464 664 t* 6I2Si s 
being used^ 
Justin Mason 
Isteol Wight 

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K HKXTCUL *>OO0 a=PEEK(i40(U| HLXWT * 
30 OATH 0*.O0 Cd 5-5 b9 7c 3J 0*.«.c9 00 

The shon fisting wiif print a it the machine a a 464 t it it e a 004 or a 

2 it iJj a oI25 It works by checking the Rom versnn jtofhei than 
printing (he tesutt you may Me to have several F 7TJEW ammands m 
you fxogtam tat ami than goto too and soon 

Big disk 

E hove been ottered a double-SKted doubledensiry 5 25 inch disk drive 
S want to know & these is an mtertace which will allow u io wotk with 
my 6 1 29 and how much the interface will cost 
Barry Slip 
TKjwbridg* 

SittccoSysienHseJi theMegadiiveat ElWvS (reviewed issue 20J Ths 
consirts ot a drive idenacaJ to yours and an infer/ore and software 
The interface and software can be picked up for CJv 95 Silicon are on 
061 84$ 69$0 

Dumped directory 

In the Type-Ins section of the August rssoe ot AA you printed a progtam 
by Martin Packer which dumped the contents ot disk directory into 
dame variables tlnioriunalely lot this ptogram to work coneeuy a 
MODE command needs to be executed tost Why 1 * And ts any way ot 
getting the program to wotk without if 

Coventry 

Marlins program requires a Mode change before working to ensure 
the screen ts cleared arid hasn t scrolled his program reads the 
contents ot the screen directly if fhe screen was moved a [taction then 
it wcutoh t work No, there e no simple way at allGnng it 



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Program made plain 

Discover a program's secrets: how it works, 
improvements that can be made and techniques worth 
remembering. This month we look at a utility listing 
guaranteed to make designing characters easier. 

SYMBLAID 

Jtavmg piabJems defining characters? Car. * quite got to gnps with the 
SYMBOL command' 7 Look no further than this pope For Thomas Bens 
tiorr. West Wicihaxn Stem hai iu«t the program tor you It may *»o* 
oontatn odi#anced teatures such os m vetting and rruttojing. but s shcrt. 
sunpie and dt^ikiys all the numbers needed in the SYMBOL command. 
to define a charades 

Symfc iud draws up on eighi by eight gnd bo* and allows you to 
move a corset inward lay hctog the space bat and backwards with the 
delete key {DED To piot a pant hit the fuU stop Once you ve mushed a 
character dofcrjucn *he program displays something life? - 

■ Jot this. tnftxTnabon down When you ccme to 
deijTM? a character withm your own program you Will need Ihe toUawing 

lines 






The variable 2 refers to the value of the eharoete* you wish to teaetme 
Say that this character is 65 [.which happens to he the code Soi A) you 

would substitute 1 Jot 65 



Variables., mode and hokxirs are set up at the rust line of the listing The 
following rhiee tows deal with defining ot windows Qghi wnndows can 
be Opened an the screen at once (0 10 7) The numb** toflowmg the hash 
detot mines the window Ail other tigures deal with the window 4 
drmensioni ietl right top. bottom 



Key definitions 






Line 140 defines character 240 to be a box This symbol is used as the 
cujK* tatet on m the program To took out all (he keyboard Thomas has 
tmt assigned an empty string to character 159 He then delmei each key 
in turn to equal the empty string The space bar and DO. keys are 
;o- initialised m bne 190 



Keys an defined by lust stating the key number (these can be 
found sitting on top at the disk, oase ot the 61 28 or at the back of the User 
LnstiucTBTi manual}, the auto repeat state (1 tot auto repeat la no 
aulo repeat), character displayed when hitting a key normally 
character displayed when key is hit with shut and character appealing 
when key e lapped with control 

II, AH . «" 

It," . liatlMt-r 

• - , 

. 

To send characters to a particular window the window or stream 
number must be included Say you wished to send ^carnation to 
window two ---,* 



Cursor positioning 



An easy way of swapping the paper and pen inks by punting Ascu 
character 24 See line 2S0 

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One 320 waits tot o keypress & it detects after the deteie, space bar or 
full stop it prints the approp r i ate character Otherwise you stay at Line 
320 



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Once the program has discovered the cursor lying at the bottom nghl 01 
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Diskedit 

You no longer need a cernmeraol dak editor to inspect your dsks. as 
Martin Svoeder Lrcffrt West Germany has sen! m a powerful disk editor 
There rait two listings. Enter the tusi and save it as askedr! bas Type r. 
the second listing save a as dakedndal and then iun i! The Cause* a 
hie. dtskedtt bin to be saved to dull You may now iun dskedtt bas 

There e no need to list all the commands as the program displays 
them constantly II you haven t used a dale edttoi thcr. pir. bode your 
eyes 

A dak editor oilows you to examine and alter information held on a 

Disks aie split into 40 oanoentno hacks numbered nam to 39 
Each trade b split into nine s&ces (sectors) Sectors can have any number 
However Amsdos only recognises those sUartog at 14 . (CPM lormat) 
and i (Data format) Diskedit allows you to loot at many non- 
standard (oimat disks along with the standard bunch The first tew 
sectors ot a DATA lormaitDd disk oantam the dtoctory (track 2 tar CPM) 
Programs are saved on aD other sectors — a you have a hunt atound 
commercial disk software you may fmd manages though not all are 
savoury 

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something and tmd. at a later dale that you; most Treasured piece of 
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Omn Cunningham liom Livingston in West Lothian has written a 
usetuJ utility that all«s anything sent to the pnnter The command 
changes everything Jar the printer — surpt singly — lo 
upper case Fa the opposite eitect use 

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League fixtures 



Here* a handy picgrcms lot calculating league Iixtuie* Sent in by John 
Hotbrow at Weslfauiy it will handle- any number at teams m a loottwll 
skittles d«ts ca any ofoei league- 
Say these are eight teams, the progiam will wank out weekly 
nxluies so lhaf each team plays the other seven once a week over a 
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lan Dvtlr liom Worksop has written a routine thai mokes an ideal 
foundation tot a game It is a maze geneititoi The feting a lengthy 
bocauso many checks are needed to caicukito the tm» Far example 
whae q path btariches and whether it comes to a doad ond As it is sot 
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Just add a primer (and the necessary software) and your 
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cfficicn i secretary 

tf the printer you add is the Ainstrad DMP 2000 your 
efficiency will even extend to saving quite a lot of money. 

Because the [)MP J000 costs just .tl 59 < ind. VAT) , 

Yci It will print draft quality text at up to Id's characters per 
second And Near Letter Quality at up to 20 characters per 
second. 

As you would expect it is compatible with all Amsirad 
home computers But it is also compatible with Epson and any 
other make that has the same Centronics ParaJtel Interface, 





If you've already graduated 10 a FCi here's the new Amstrad 
DMP3 160 primer, 

It's compatible wish all Amsirad PC's as welt as Epson and 
ail t ither IBM compatible PC*, li costs just £199 'plus VAT)" 

Both printers have easy front loading and both will take 
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Printer buffer 

Cy Booker liom Tunbridge Wells Tins written on extiemely usolul 
program — a menuy -resident pi in let buffer A punter buffoi stores 
Character* sent lo Iho prinioi until tho punter is ready to receive huthet 

iniot motion This prevents the computet hanging up' during printing 

The butler can bo any length and positioned anywhere in memory 
U you have am extta 64k you can use inert 

Running Ihe listing gives Baste two new commands 

iPBUFT.OH, t*nkt skhx AddrMe, 
iPKffi . 

The REMs caniatn enough intoi motion (ce you to set up a buffet of 
any length in the required memory bank. 

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190 ' bd»fc*i: length- Lt*10S4t itriujLh ttust btolM. ns<#-4 
JSW ■ 1pfcMff.0fl<t>4nlL,i«0a0 p length ; ' Use all of built T 

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230 HATA ED»5B,30, 00,25, El, E^.JB.MfFT.EB^l, 30,00,21 

240 DATA 20,02., 1*. .36.2J, 20. rA,EB,El ,4E,23, H, 23 

250 DATA J, 11,0,05, (0,6), 19,4E,23,4G,ES,.M r Ea,12 

260 DATA 29,1'3,Dl l El,l«,£6,E;9.&l,0a,.94 l 00,0r.,G0 l U,a0,14 

210 DATA ■ 

26« DATA 00, 19,00, IC, 00, IF, 00, 36,00,36, 00, )F,0fc, 1fi,«W,b.1 

;» DATA i»,5S,fW,SMB, W,ttJ, f^W.fhW, TipWi 92,00. I 

300 DATA ,W,A0,00,A^0fl,AA,0*,AE,00,&*,00,09,00,BE,00,C3 

310 da:a sh. pi,™, 04,00, 011,00, &a,cv. ,03,13,00,1 

319 DATA Hi J 

lAtA M,rt,»,n>,w,a--. ,45,01, 13, CA 

340 DATA 00. 01, FF, 81, CD, BOBCAT, 32.55,0i,?l,r.b,0i*,S!i,l* 

350 DATA 00,0,01, flC,21 r M,Ci r 3J,»,Cl, 91,0(1,50. I 

360 DATA U P 2C,4F. ,,&i,4S. 44, 2E, 4r\**,C4,00, 111,03 

JT0 DATA Ml? 

390 DATA ? UlA,»l, 20, 4C, 3A, 55**1 ,»'-. - , : , 20, 43, Dl . 

ATA 00, 30,44,01, 22, 5C,01, CO. ««02,M>,«4,01,22\s*.0J 
400CATA : 2. ;>«,«:, , .,14,S$.0!, .11 

410 DATA ai,00,42,4»,CD,£9,8C J 3E,3T,21,55,01,T'J',21,9r,00 
420 DATA ' 
430 DATA ll,20,BOrtr6 # 1O,r3 f lA,*B, P7,2|^Tt r 12,il,li,flJ 

440 DATA C9,7E, i.i, ?,CD,5A,W,BI 

450 PATA cl,il,'sF,01,CD,EC,Bf,A>-, l9,-rr f . ,«,D5,Wj 
460 DATA rS,2A, 5.8,0V. W,»* 3i,«li,A1,tB r 5a f ?*, 

49* DATA 3A,5E f Bt r »,Il,01 J n,EB,S3 l »,01, 12, A>y:d, 11,01 

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520 DATA 10305 

530 DATA a>,il,0],C9,23,£5,fiJ,S0,5A**I,A7,S),52,£l!,5B,:>C 
540 DATA 0l,»T,EO,52,3S,04,2A r 5a,01 ( E3 t EJ,C\ 

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570 0A7A U34B 

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. . : i,7C,50,42,55, 4fc r 4fc.,..~F,4F,4E,27,65,64,0D,8A 

600 JjATA 48, 65, K,6C,fcF, 20, 61, fc?,e!:,22\.'3,6F r 75, 30,48,41 

610 (ATA *J,4B,45,5j,5t3,,»,ff,75,T4,i&5MB f «S#5&,4Si21 

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Variable list 

Mike Warslsy at Fcaeham has supphed a useful bstrng far debugging 
Basic programs You must run his routine tort then load youi own pto- 
gttsn. If you tyP 6 toe command .■.■■.-. all the variables the Basic program 
uses will oppecn along with their currant values. Say your program has 
an error m it and the message 'drvrsion by aero' kept appearing. With 
Mike's routine you can fast the variables and correct the offending one 

The program will walk only with 612B machines because Mike 
cbtectty accesses the system variables and upper-iorn icutines Can any 
one come up with a 464 oc 664 verson"* 

1 ' Variable list 

2 • tot *12B only 

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150 DATA 2i, OS, A*,01.0O,M r £3,01,314 

VEA BC, OC, 00, 00, 00 , 12, A4 , C3, 235 

ATA 1 7,A4,4C,St, 43 ,03,00,2*, 29* 
140 DATA 6B,AE,22,A0,A4,CD,44,A4,436. 

,-.TA CS,3.3,A4,CD,69,A4,2A,AC, Ittt 
200 DATA A4,23,23,7E J F5,Efi,7F,CD,48t: 
Z10 OATA 5A,BB,Fl,CB.TF,2S,F3,2;j,4Be 
220 DATA 7£,FE,02,CA,74,M,FE,04,4«2 

ATA CA, A2,A4,FE,$l,CA.C2,A4,53r: 
240 DATA C9,2A,W r A4,ED, 56,^,^,437 
2b0 CAM 7C,BA,C0,7[),BB,CO,EI,C3,b3B 
240 tATA GQ^^BB^O.FE.EC^O.Oi^ti 
i'!0 HAT* £],C9.F£.2G,C3,£D,0.«,BB,ilfc 
260 DATA C9,3E,OD,CO,* l A,BB,3E 1 OA.iJe 
2TO DATA CD,5A,BB,C9y3E,24,CD,5A,434 
300 DATA aB,3E,3:,CO,5A,Ba,3E,22,37B 
310 DA?A CD,5A,BB,23.**,22,5F.,23,2ef 
320 DATA 56,23,2?,ftO,A4,EB,7E;,CD,415 
330 DATA 5A,flB,2_%;0,F9,3E,22,CD»36e 
340 DATA $*,*$, Ct. 49, M t Cl t 2(t,M,Kt 
150 DATA 00,00, 3£,3D, £0,SA,8B, 01, 25e 
360 DATA 0«,00,ll,SF,B?5,ED,fM,22,325 
370 DATA AC ( A4,C?,D7,A4,00,0C,QQ,J82 
380 DATA 00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,0 
J90 DATA 00,00, 3E.25, CD, 5A,BB.,3E,2fl3 
400 DATA 3D,OJ,5A,Ba ( 11,ST,BO,01, 380 
410 DATA 03,00, EB,B0, 22. A0,A4, 01,343 
420 DATA O0,a»,2A,ll,BO,2J,B5,A4 ( 3;?f 
430 DATA 21,Cl,A4,22,71,B0,O>,BC,4S2 
440 DATA F9,Q6, 00,21, CI, M,1E,SB,32* 
4 50 DATA 04,87,20, FA, 0B, 2 3, 23, I 
4S0 DATA CD,iA,BB, lQ,F9,2A,B5-,A4.4fce 
470 DATA 22,7],6Q,CCv49,A4,CJ,. 
4 SO DATA A4,O,C,O,O,D,0,O,a4 



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>ort. But this time the Competitor are bred for the events, 
speed and timing against other players on the computer 
arre athletic events. 

:lude tittle nu mbers like headslinging, psychic judo, 
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New Language? 
C Serior 

Pat McDonald tests C, the new language from Amor. 
Will it match the version from HiSoft? 



Amor C 

Amor. £49.75 disk only, CPM plum only 

When you fust start programming [he task of becoming ttuonl in 
Locomotive Basic asms lough enough Who wants g new ianguag* 5- ' 
Ainu a time though you begin to see Bancs limitations it s tathoi slow 
not v«y compact, ami handle last graphics and so on 

The language C is relatively new and one which many people 
preset to use Foi one thing there is a definite standaid sol oul m 
Ketragban & Ritchie s book, The C Programming Language' U is also 
fcist in operation, almost up to iaw-tevel machine code speed and yel is 
easy lo write and debug (like high tovel languages which include Basic, 
Pascal and Cobol>, 

Ainoi s tmptemitsitartJan is packaged lo then usual standard, and is 
supplied on a 3 inch disk together with a 200 page manual The & sptil 
Tcughiy in hall, dealing with Ibe various C programming modules — the 
compiler linker jotnet and run time system — and then the edUor m 
turn 

The manuals, descriptions and ejtpkmcroons ol the pogramnung 
language assume you aiieady have a working knowledge ol C 
However a hjbiiogiaphy ol suitable books which can help a beginner to 
teams supplied 



Now you C it 

Amor s Programming Edna (APED lor short) is a cut down version ot (he 
highly successful word pro ce ss o r Profex? as used by the AA team Not 
surprisingly it is at an excelksit quality for writing C source cods- 
Computers cannot understand programs as anything other than a 
series Ot number Coded instructions hence the term, machine code Few 
poopto can giasp the meaning d these sets of numbers — the is she 
reason Why compute: languages were developed in the lust instance 

Now high level ptogtamimng language* come in two mam types 
Fust are the interpreters — these convert the human code (which a 
human can easily read) mio madime code while the program is in 
operation So you can write your pogrom and set rtgotngat 
once stop i! edit it then set il going again The mam drawback af such 





languages is then slow 
speed ol operation 

Compiled languages do 
all their human to machine 
conversion before the pogrom & 
run This means that although 
editing and debugging are slightly 
mere dimeull and lime consuming to 
cany out. compiled programs tend to run 
much faster lhan interpreted ones 

At not C is quite an interesting hybtid 0i 
these types It compiles programs to an 
intetmediate code and then runs these pogroms with 
an interpreter 

Protective details 

The reason why I'm going mro afl this derail ts thai if you wiiisa 
p o gr om using Amct C lo use l the interpreter must be on the disk 
with the program 

However, Amor state that no pogroms may be copied except la 
the use of the programmer So even it you use Amor C to write an 
incredible piece af software you will have DO reter to Amoi before you 

As C versions go. Amct s is very complete You may use tractions 
and all the standard functions Of C are Included, as well as many extras 
tailored to the 6123 and PCW The importance ot Ihs feature tor usmg C 
pogroms written an other machines cannot be oversfaessed — it was 
why Kernighan and Ritchie sat down and wrote theu book, so 
implemefllotions of the C language would, by and large be compatible 

to campansan with the established C compiler — Hfiofts — Amor C 
is streets ahead in terms ol pogtamming power The editor Is also 
superior to that ot Krsart Mind you. Haotl C is generally twice as lost due 
to the tad that it can only deal m whole numbers tat least in its present 
farm) Code generated with the Heart C compiler is sgru&cantty mote 
compact and HboH C is compaflbto with the CPC 464 004 and 0128 
machines 

Final conclusions are these Amor C is aimed at those owning a 
CPM* machine who want a lull C language to do some heavy duty 
pogiamming. possibly number crunching — pobabty the student or the 
business pogrammot It & accurately piced, with a good, no nor.sonsn 
manual and enaeUent editor Howevet, if you want to pogrom on she 
CPC machines in general- taking lull advantage af AMSDOS then IJssolt 
C k your best bet 



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Small Business Booster 

Two new packages for the small business, put through their paces by Richard Monteiro 



Small Trader's Pack 

SD Microsystems. £24.95 disk only 

SD Microsystems, after receiving rave reviews tor the Sincfcat ©X version 
ol the Traders Pack, has moved to the Amshad market The Pack fes 
badged as an easy and cost-effective way of ccmputerisna; a business II 
is cknmed to contain everything the small turn needs. Accounting. Stcct 
contic]. mailing list and a pack of utilities all under one roof 

A disk and A4-siaed ins-tmction. manual (not a single shee'. as 
wrongly stated in last months news pages) make up the Email Trotter's 
Peek. The manual has teen created using a dot-maty! pnntei — it loefcs 
and feels amateurish However, the layoui is pleasing and conaso unlike 
certain "pTofessianai" packages Unfortunately examples and an index 
ate Lacking. 

Fiom the ten-choice menu you may branch to any Of the 
applications. 




• The t»n-choie* maou 

Invoice to sender 

First on the list Is she Sales Ledger Simply put. a computerised sales 
ledger allows you to store information regarding sales transactions, far 
example, customer name account number and so on 

The fust task when using a ledger is to open custamei accounts 
Ledger has room lor 100 account with a maximum of SOD dfansactions 
per month at quarter — not heavy duty, but should be sufficient for the 
self-employed person An account can have a number between and 
W, a ten character identification tag is also allowed. Account has been 
reserved for yam use. the other w are tor your customers 

Sale rjansactians are split into two groups- cash and credit The date, 
account number, amount, invoice number, esctja details wheihei it e 



Leave it out 

The packaging states 6129 onty. which ted me to assume :t required 
the eioa 64k. Hal so the instructions proclaim 664 at 6123 What's 
wrong with the 464? Weil nothing actually. 11 you have a disk drive 
shod there isn't anything stopping you using the package. 



VAT rated and its category cede (whether is tor man order, dealer.,.) are 

ail required for both types of sale When payment is received for an 
oustandmg invoice, this 100 may be entered H your goods aren't subject 
to me standard VAT rate 05%) Pack can be informed accordingly. U you 
make a mistake while entering a transacuon you may edit or delete it, 

Statements detailing sate type, daie. invoice number and amount 
can be printed Included is the number of transactions the customer has 
made and the amount outstanding — useful as a payment reminder 

There are oUter handy options which allow you lo compute and 



display the total sales, receipts or balances due lor alt transactions. 
display the sum total oJ the aceounls owed to you. alternate between disk 
and cassette operation and call up a VAT summary to aid you with 

returns. 



Buy, buy happiness 



A ptircbase Sedgor is purely for keeping tabs an everythsig bought 
during She month. Foci's Purchase Ledger has a very similar layout to the 
Sale Ledger In fact, you could be iorgwen tot confusing the two — the 
manner m which data s entered, results displayed and even the number 
of options availabie are identical 

To store names and address you must enter the Mailing LeE, Each 
file can store 200 lecosds- An address comprises ot a name (surname or 
company name), title (Mr. Miss D ar Di X). road, (own, county, post code. 
phone numbes additional notes, addressee (when addressed to a 
company Ihrs would be the contact name) and a sort code Using a sort 
code moans you can cktsstfy records mio partjeukn groups- mailing fets 
can be printed selectively (tot example customer, supplier or dealer) 

There is a powerful option lo locate or lisi a record or group ol 
records The search routine works an any file m the record so you can 
hunt lor addresses which have Avon as their county or Mrs as their bile 
Once an address has been locaied it may be edited ot printed OJ course, 
the complete address tile can be alphabetically soiled or printed 

Oddly enough there is a sepaiate section to store, edit and print 
telephone numbeis This seems unnecessary as Ibe Mailing List iscapabie 
at holding the information 




# Sr.se* Cwwo! Jt*#p» va&, ot poods 

Stock it to the limit 

U you're running a small business then a stock control program e 
essential. Ihe stock reference number, a br*H description, unit quantity 
supplies code, cost price, sale price, and stock level may be stored in 
Stock Control Like the other applications editing (and m this cose 
updating) and printing of a rile s possible 

The remammg btts-and-pteces include a Unit Conversion Suite. Mini 
Calculator and a set at Disk Utilities There is no documentation regarding 
the Unil Conversem bar its mention Us simple to use andtheietote needs 



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■ Error-cheeking net perfect, 

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data. 

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P Price goes down a freer 


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no explanation It you wish to convert gallons to .lilies pounds to kilos. 

igiade to fahtenhelt or vie© veisa, than the tjnil Conversion ts Iho 
place to be — it does seem out at place in a business package but 
thoughtful nonetheless 

From the Muu Calcuialoi you can petlorm simple arithmetic 
calculations Ntfly, but tl Would be mote useful it it Could be called up at 
any time tather than having to wade through a jungle ot menus to 
reach A 

The disk utilities are very basic Only ofieimg cataloguing 
changing ot drive, erasing and renaming of files 

A gentle introduction to computerizing g business h guaranteed 
with Ifas Small Trader's Pack It may not have many a! the powerful 
Junctions included in highbrow professional software, but is so simple 
(hat the manual needri I be looked at The SottWOie is written in BaSiC 
and it you don'l lottow the straight and nairow. will ciash The 
lirnilalions imposed by the smalt memory may piove a problem 11 | 

ihen the wealth at lectures at such a tow price make it a good buy. 



Sales Invoicer Pack 

SD Microsystems, E 14.96 (£9.95 11 purchased with Pack> disk only 

To complement the Small Ttaden $ Pack SD has released a package thai 
lets you set up an invoicing system It can be used an its own ot with the 
Trader s pack The Invacai includes, a sales ledget (identical to the one 
appearing in the Trade/* Pack), sales invoice and a statement 

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can be used either to store and print up to 100 names and addresses or 
as an integrated accounts suite, with dOla being parted between vaiious 
modules 

The same simple io get to grips with concepl has been 
implemented in the Jnvosper A trun A4 manual bristly describes its 



One in a million 

The SmaJj 1 Traders pact arid j'nvoicer program haven't any leal 
competition — at least not on the CPC machines The closest rivals 
are the Home Finance Program (reviewed issue 22) and Databases 
Pkmlt (see ISSue l&) Both are aimed at the small business or sell 
employed poison But ihol ts where the similarity ends HFP and 
Plant; are designed to curb your spending, oi rather keep tabs on 
yam cash Bow The Tiadei's ftide and Inv&cet look afto stock and 
keep records an the buying and selling of goods 



functions You aie let! to discover what can and can t bo done 

Anything chosen tram the mam menu a leaded bom disk Nothing 
wrong wilh thai but 11 you remove the disk before picking an option oi 
even while it is loading theie e a chance you'll lose everything 



Open to offers 



The Sales ledger is the same as the one linking m the Trader s Pack see 
that review for the details 

Customers names and addresses must be entered into the Sales 
mvorcet and ordeied the same way as in the Sales ledger — a pity the 



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software can't sort this out lor itself Account names can be hstod and 
entries altered Your trading name can also be enleted, an printing Ihe 
company name is printed in double width and underlined which adds 
to the impact 

The Sales Invoicer sub-menu, Raise Invoice carers for the 
production of an Invoice Date, account number invoice number, 
whether at not is VAT rated and a special category code are all 
required Once the compute! has received this lnlormation you are 
prompted lor a description and price ot the goods A maximum of iiiieen 
items pei invoice ts allowed The invoice may include a looter — usei 
dehndbio - which could contain payment terms Payable in 30 days, 
tot example 

Statements may be punted You can take data dcectSy tiom the 
sales lodgers no input is required Vou may edit customer Jtles belot© 
printing although It IS more likely and probably safer it done from the 
invoicing program 




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[f you haven i got the Trade; s Pact then the £14 °5 asking price lor 
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Al&uTKsXZ] PS©?? 



This month software is pretty thin on the ground, 
hence the small number of Raves, it's due to 
software houses holding out for launches at the 
PCW show. That means that next month should be a 
bumper month for games and hopefully there* li be 
more Rave material amongst them. 

This months Mastergame, Xor, is an unusual 
maze type game with devious puzzles to solve. The 
Roves are Scrabble De Luxe which has an 
increased dictionary of 20,000 words and World 



ROAD RUNNER 

US Gold. £9 99 ccEss. £ 14 W disk, joystick or keys 



Class Leaderboard, the latest incarnation of the 

best selling golfing simulation. 

There's also the gome with the risky title of How to 

be a Complete * (90 on, guess). Virgin may 

be getting some flak for this one. 

The observant amongst you may notice an 
H appearing in Gary's initials from this month. The 
reason for GB becoming GBH is unlikely to become 
clear now or in the future, but it's probably to keep 
pace with RpM and CJB. Anyone for four? 



Last month hod several games based on 
cartoon series and this month Road Runner 
joins thWfi in another arcade cemveraen. Road 
Runnei does his best to outwit the ever hungry 
Wile £. Coyote, who is porta] to Road Runner 
and chips 

As Rood Runner you have to beep, beep 
youi way across tour different tevois of nghi-io- 
left saoHmg arcade action The four levels ate 
loaded one at a time bom cassette or disk You 
have to collect seed which ties on the road. 




Wit* down ue fry * cannon ban 

while avoiding Wile and the many other 

hazards in your, way If mis Ilvc pies ot seed 

during a level then you will Jowii and lose a 

We 

Wile E Coyote rues to catch you by using 
gadgets from the Acme company. In the same 
way that he did in the cartoon series On the 
test level he chases you an foot. On level two 
he chases you cm the bacit of an oveigiowrl 
lEowofle and an a pogo stick Level three has 
him back on foot level four has the crevasse, 
where Wile fhe$ alter you with a jet pec an and 
throws dynamite at you U Wile is no! using 
another gadget and bos Jelt so far behind thai 
he disappears ofi the screen, then he puts on a 
iocket powered skateboard and uses that to 
calcb up with you 

The game features hazards which can kill 
either you ot Wile Bonus points are sooted lot 
Wile being killed The lust level only has trucks 
on it. which drive cm from the left hand side of 
the screen Later levels introduce the other 
hazards ol mines boulders crevasses and 



cannons Jvtsies explode killing whoever steps 
on them, boulder $ and cannon balls kilt 
whoever they hit All three of these hasards, 
and the dynamite thrown by Wile, leave a 
tastefully charred body on the screen if they hit 

Crevasses have to be jumped otherwise 
you lose a life, and they're parUcukDly difficult 
when dynamite is being lobbed at you Things 
aren't ail bad, lemonade causes, you to stop 
while drinking it. but also gives you bonus 
points Whenever you lose a bfe you are taken 
back towards the start, a) the level by Wile, but 
thankfully not always tight the way back. 

Each of the four levels of the game have 
different scenery. After the fourth level the 
scenery returns to level one, but this time there 
are extra hazards. True first level has a short cut 
which can be used when restarting a game lo 
reach the last level that you were on Bonus 
lives ore awarded every 10.000 pawls 

There s good use ol colour in the game 
although the actual playing area ts small The 
scenery scrolls smoothly and the sprites cue 
clearly identifiable There are no tunes in the 
game bul the spot effects are good 

The game has a lot of the atmosphere ot 
the cartoons, but it s let down by poor collision 
detection Another minor imtatton s that if both 
you and Wile are killed at Ihe same tune, Wile 
always recovers first and you lose a Hie. Not a 



The Verdict 




GRAPHICS 


83% 


Mice how a charred remains are left if 
you or Wile escpkxte- 


r Smooth saatung 




SONICS 


52% 


■ Only spot efforts 




GRAB FACTOR 


.78% 


Great fun trying to get Wile killed.. 
■ but frustrating when he drags you back. 
towards the start ol iho level. 


STAYING POWER 


70% 


Things get difficult after only a 
levels 


couple ol 


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A A RATING 


74% 


A good game which oouW have been 
eiceileni with a bit more w<ark 




classic but bound to provide many hours of 
tun GBH 

TOST DAY TABGET SCORE 

Complete the fust four levels 

SECOND OPINION 
The animation is delightful 
— firfJe tegg&s whimng 
around at high speed. The 
game-play s alotot tun hut 
it can f be described as 
diflicuf ( by any means TTw 
only teaiiy testing part is 
getting over (he crevasses 
It captures much of the 
flavour and atmosphere of 
the cartoon, but once that 
wears off you U find it gats 
ropefifrve, BW 



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ACTION TEST 



WORLD CLASS LEADERBOARD 

US Gold. £v W cos*. £14 99 dish, joystick or keys 



Heie it is. the long awaited WorJd Class 
Leaderboard Could they impiove on the 
previous versions? I thought so. and they have. 

The changes are vast. So read an. 

The tape version doesn't hove practice 

putting or driving, the disk version hoc. The 
data lor each hole is loaded separately This 
mates for dirricuJties when rewinding to hole 
one There are three different skill levels: 
Professional, Amateur, and Kids The 
differences between the thutee strH levels effect 
pkry on both the fairway and the green 

Wind effects only the Professional whilst 
"snap* eifects both Ptolesskxnal and Amateui 
Kids level is effected fcy neither at those. On the 
putting green the prolessional does not have 
the advantage ol the power bai. though the 
amateur and kids get the taoj, but not the 
distance indicator which usually surrounds it 

The basic game mechani3n is the same 
as in the previous incarnations, you choose a 
dub. from a collection of woods, irons and 
wedges, based on the distance required and 
wind direction, you then have to aim the shot, 
and determine its power and spin (hook or 
slice) by rrmmg the swing and the snap at the 
wnsts. Once you've reached the green you 
automatically switch to a putter, and a slope 
indicator estectrvely replaces the wind in 
altering the shot direction. 

The other differences are rn (he drawing of 
the notes. This version has nveis. bunkers and 
trees. Wow Thankfully these additions are not 




Ttna. bunhrs. rough — jufl Gw'r boi <*i m rf#n. 

drawn as slowly as the previous versions, they 
seem to be drawn lastei At lasi there are 
[airways and rough The holes actually look 



like real goiJ notes, and they ve kept the gteai 
animation of she little golfer at the bottom of the 
screen They have also kept the system ol 



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redrawing Ihe hole horn the golfer's eye view 

U youi shot happens to hit a tree, the ball 
will diop like a stone to the floor - realistic eh? 
I cant tell you what happens il you land in the 
watet because £ was never had enough to land 
m a river . he bays shining his linger nails an his 
shirt. 

One moe new addition Is the ability to 
view each hot© from overhead beloio playing 
a shrike This gives much mate detail Shan the 
old Instruction diagiams and gives you a 
much hotter feel Jot Ihe couise. 

SECQND OPINION 
I ve> always been fend ot goll games even 
that old iogey Amsgoll, so naturally this is a 
great favourite of mine The additional fea- 
tures turn what was a good game into a clas- 
sic. The gameplay hasntieaUy changed but 
the ovwaJJ feel of ih& game is much more 
realistic U you've already got Leaderboard 
its oef fasnJy worth a look, and 1/ you haven't 
got a goto gams yet then this is the one fo get 
your mitts on BW 

GREEN SCREEN VIEW 
htof great, but playable 

Vqu know those little annoyances thru 
seem to aeep into most games'' Well, guess 
what'' There are a taw in this You know what 
it's IHeo, you've played what seems to be a 
superb drive when suddenly the wind gnats it 
and it heads far the iough Youi blood boils 



The Verdict 




GRAPHICS 

Trees, bunkers, overs, rough and 
way. 

L Drawn very quickly. 


86% 

tan- 


SONICS 

■ The same old kchs and clicks 


22% 


GRAB FACTOR 


85% 


New courses to gel to grips with 
New obstacles to overcome 


STAYING POWER 87% 

Throe skill iovcls to keep you, going. 
■ Tedium ad infinitum 1' 1 rewirni :\\»- \u\*- 
to hole one. 


A A RATING 


84% 


The best of the tot 
■ Please, no mote variations 



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haLrway aiound the globe. You lift the club. 
wind up all the strength m your body and — 
wctck! You smite it a mighty blow, taking most 
dt St Andrews with it As the ball moseys slow 
ly over the rough you congratulate yourself on 



a perfectly lUdged Shot, ejcpechng it to land 
somewheic* up the (airway Suddenly, to your 
horror, the ball mcioascs in speed as soon as It 
starts to fly over the fairway Betaie you faini, 
you see 11 shoot past the green and embed 
itseU in the noes. 

Well It's a great game with the best 
graphics from a god game yet to coyer Amies 
eyes So il's got good gamepkiy with bags ot 
appeal foi Ihe whole tamily It's easy to get 
into and yet 11 still allows lor a harder game. Il 
has nice animation of the little aollei at the bot- 
tom at ihe screen and it redraws every screen 
bam his eyes It has bees, bunkers, nveis, (air- 
ways and tough U US Gold bring out another 
one, 1 don't want to review it . Just save me a 
copy to play ptoasef CJB 

FIB5T DAY TARGET SCORE 
Go round in par at Kids level, 



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SIDEWALK 

Inlogiames. £9.95 cass, £14,95 disk, joystick Or kffys 




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The latest game from tnfogrames is unusual in 
that Lt ffi m monochrome, Some software houses 
do this by accident when ggnver ting Spectrum 
games, hui this time it's deliberate and 
indicative of (he current innovative nature of 
Ftench software. But is it any good (o pray? 

In this adventure type game: you have lo 
leCQVor the parts of your stolon bike and buy 
some tickets tot a concert, before your 
girlfriend goes without you. The saeen e split 
into two areas. The top part shows your view oi 
the pent ol town that you ate in and the 
bottom shows you how much Of the bike you 
have collected. 

If you meel anyone whiJe wandering 
around town you'll be given a choice of three 
things to do: fight talk to them <x run Talking 
to them gives you a choice of several things to 
say Those either gain you useful jittoimauon 01 
Insult whoever you arc talking to, causing 
them to attack you. This would seem to be tor 
(hose who like a good argument to warm them 
up 10} a tight 

Paris ol the bike have been distributed 



between the low- iiles in the town They can be 
relieved of anything that they ate oatiying by 
beating them up — very subtle Beating peopse 
up IS done in the same style as most combat 
games, whereby you can peitojm a number ol 
fighting moves These include a bead-iutt, 
punch or kick 

When m combat two beer glasses appear 
on screen, one yours, the other your opponents 
The level of beet lowers each time youie hit 
and the one who runs out of beer first, totes 
The winner gains whatever the loser was 
carrying If you are hit when you have no beer 
left in the glass then you die and have to start 
ogam Beer can be regained by going to the 
bar and topping up on your favourite pint 
which is lioet (my tad a! pub). 

At the slait of the game you have £50 
and this tna eases or decreases accoiding to 
your actions. You must have enough money to 
buy (he tickets tor the Band Aid conceit which 
you ate going to with your gvunend. ot she's 
going lobe very upset 

Al any tone you may vis! the telephone 





Hoy d*rlirtg, what *r# you doing totusht'' 
H»v# you looked in tit* Mirror Intol* • 



box to coll yom girlfriend and reossuie her that 
you will be there soon. It you have not 
jfiassembled your hike, pekod up the tickers 
and picked up your gulinend by 7 3Cpm then 
she will have gone wsih John 

The graphics oae black on white and ate 
high lesoSubon The delail on the graphics is 
good, partjcutajry the cJose-ups that you get of 
the people you meet The streets aie well 
designed too but the animation during combat 
is not very good Dilfeient tunes cne played 
according to what you do 1n the game: tunes 
foi winning or losing a light, running away 
and entering certain Ideation,'--, 

The game ss original w many respects 
and (he graphics are good even H they are 
monochrome The thing (hat makes the 
difieience with this game is the music which 
really does add some atmosphcre.GHH 

FIRST DAY TARGET SCORE 

Colled 3 bits ol the bike 



SECOND OPINION 

Here <v0 have another French game that is 
packed with ongma. 1 ideas and concepts. 
Unfortunately its thll kicking in thai crucial 
element — gamepldy It will certain Jy 
keep you amused for a white bur (the (ask 
isn'f tough enough, it laaUy needs a btgget 
playing area and more tasks to make if a 
better game 

HW 




GREEN SCREEN VIEW 

With two cofoura, what prabJems could 
there be 






% 'a* apnea's '.a tm o-j 



The Verdict 




GRAPHICS ...... 


75% 


D Detailed graphics 

■ Only m black and white 




SONICS 


, 87% 


] Gteal tidies played throughout 

game 
■ Spot effects one pJarh- 


the 


GRAB FACTOR 


73% 


Original and unusual game. 
■ Difficult to play until you know what you 
are doing, 


STAYING POWER 


66% 


■ Repetitive game play 

■ The town is quite small and there are not 
many peopte lrt il 


A A RATING 


70% 


An original gome, which is a change. 



Take a walk cm the wild sde 



AMSTRAD ACTION 45 



ACTION TEST 



HOW TO BE A COMPLETE BASTARD 



Vliglrt. £9 95 cos*., loysticlc or keys 



Anyone likely 10 bo offended by bad language 
and gutter humour should skip this review and 

go straight to the? Ratings box Eveiycme else 
obviously had a mis-spenl youth and can catty 
an reading, making schoolboy sniggers in all 
the light places 

Fans of the Young Ones TV series will 
undoubtedly remember Adrian Edmondson 
who played Vyvyan Last year he published a 
book with the refreshingly down to earth title 
"How to be a Complete Bastard" Now In 
r-.-TuIat vein we have the game You p3ay a 
chaiacter by the name oi Ade who has 
gatecrashed a yuppie paity. Being your usual 
Obnoxious self you decide to drive everyone 
away from the party by doing nasty thugs lo 

peopto 




Ak^b fKi»p«/fls 1B Wftier lh» garden 

The screen ts in two main parts which cue 
the -omelets and the loom display The 100m 
display is spb* En two windows and is described 
as Bastavtsian This allows you to see the ioom 
tram two difiotont angles. The view in each of 
the windows can be rotated so that you could 
have the same vsew m both windows, but that 
woLiid. bo pointless — much like the game. 



The Verdict 

GRAPHICS 



57% 



Objects and scenery are detailed 

■ Characters arc? umnlcs resting and poorly 
animated. 

SONICS 47% 

Good title tune 

■ Phnhhthhhancaaarrp 

GRAB FACTOR 66% 

Great tun being absolutely disgusting 

■ Tno nature of the game may cause 
problems 



50% 



STAYING POWER 

Run tor a while 
■ This so! I o! humour gets tiresome very 

quickly 



A A RATING 



A Inn game but a bit more to do would 




At» prep*"* t> dfr f*s potagwsr act 

Around the playing area are loui meters when 
aie the diunkometet. weeeometei. fartometer 
and smellomese: These all start the game at 
zero and build up according to youi actions 

you start the game m hallway and move 
around undei loystick control In every room 
[hose are objects which you can do various 
things to — most ol them not generally 
lOccgnssed m polite society To do something 
you walk into the object and. while still holding 
dawn the direction key. you press lire, A menu 
will appeal liorr. which you can choose an 
option 6y doing bad things you scare points, 
and it you do something leally nasty to a guest. 
then he/she will leave the game permanently 
This causes one at the letters at the bottom of 
the screen to light up. a sign ol true 
bastaf alinoss if ever there was one The nastsei 
you ore the mace letters that will tight up 

The letters Ught up tl you do something like 
put itching powder down someone's back, but 
the light will go out ogam alter a while To 
complete the gome oil of the Mtos musl be lit 
up al the same tune 

Van can only cany two objects at a lime while 
playing the game The matches and the 
hammer can be used destructively and these 
arc two ol the objects thai can be used many 
umes 

The guests and you Ore plain looking. 
pOOity animated and move around slowly The 
looms are drab and uninteresting wtih lililc 
more interesting than changes in the 
wallpaper There is a good title tune, but m 
game sound £ restricted to bodily emissions at a 
gaseous nature — blimey, nobody smoke A 
small Up heie. don t blow off in the kitchen or 
you'll become part ol Ronald Reagan's Star 
Wan project 

Juvenile humour is basically what this 
game is all about and m that rt does its job well 



SECOND OPWIOM 
Wefl 1 must admit I laughed my condoms 
off of tkst . Finding a condom and being 
given the option topyf Jt on my heart is 
not something I've done before flow? 
once you Ve made a tow giggle- stnefcen 
discoveries it does get tedious-. A few 
QOOntoal graphic tifocis speedier 
gamepJoy and more soprustoated humour 
woufdn t have gone amiss- It rmghtgtue 
you a few laugiv and its the only game 
where J v@ ever fumed into a gas c&efctir. 
bat genotatty its pmtty iagettabie 

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Alter a while you will get sck ol the lavatory 
humour and then the game will then end up 
gathering dust on the shell It you ever 
complete the game then I doubt very much 
that you will ever play it ogam Don't forget, 
send any ccmptamEs to Vrrgsv and leave this 
reviewer well out ol it G8H 

FIRST DAY TARGET SCORE 
20000 points 







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ACT/ON TEST 



SCRABBLE DELUXE 

Leisure Genius, £15-95 412ft disk only, keys only 



Over a year ago Leisure Genius trough) out a 
computet version 01 the old favourite 
boo id-game ScrabbJe Mow iheie is an 
enhanced dBk Only version avcaiabie for the 
6128 

Scrabble is c: word game tor two to ioui 
players, in which any dI the ioui players car. 
bo computet or human controlled. Each player 
has a tack at seven ietiers from which he must 
mats words Co place or. the board The 
lottcts have drfteienl tite values 
which range fjom one (« 
the vowels and 
m o t o 




leite-ts to 
ten toi & 
andZ. 

On 
board there 
ate five* types 
di square 
normal, double 
leitei. triple 
leltei .double 
word and tuple 

word scores The 
double and triple letter squares multiply the 
value oj the pamcuiai Metier placed over rt The 
double and tuple word squares multiply the 
sOOre Of the whole word The normal squares 
have no eifect on the seating 



When a word is placed on the board the 
computer checks tf it is m its dictionary H fl » 

not it challenges you as to whether a not it is a 
valid word Answuimg in the afftfmcrtjve results 
m the computer accepting the word — very 
:jus of it This reliance on your honesty 
means you can beat it hollow by making up 
wards like ZAQ1TVER, but who wants to pay 
£ 16 just io get a supenoatY complex 
oveiQlovabJeCPC 1 

The 

updated version has an 

increased vocabulary a: ©y« 

I 20,000 words eight OOmpUlffl 

-jjtiii if vets and a c:-ocit qj. 

Sicili levels live to eight scan 

through more of the 

OCObulary and olten 

woduce obscure words 

which you will probably 

never have heard ot 1 

mean honestly, who 

ever heard of "ae". "ee", 

odyr "ay*, oo" and 

suchlike'? 

Th e 

clock option allows 

a tune limit to be 

sol lot how long 

you and the 

computet have to 

p=ao3 a word The time total 

can be anything bom. one second 10 

one hour The trouble is that once set you've 

got to keep with it — a much easier task rot the 

compute than lot you 

It you get bored ot wailing !or the 
computet to choose a word you can force ti to 
play whatever tvs thinking about at that 
moment It you are really stuck you can ask 
the computer to give you a tvfrt It will scan 
your toilers and the dictionary looking (or a 




The Verdict 

GRAPHICS 



17% 



Everythir: 

■ but ihcie aren't any graphics really 

S O N I C S 00% 

■ The only sound is the sweating as the 
computer pfciys another wad which you 
have never heard of 

GRAB FACTOR 68% 

Solitary saabbte funs will tove it 

■ Not very attractively or esontcd 

STAYING POWER 

867« 

Eight levels at difficulty 

Can also pkry with up to tout people 



A A RATING 



77% 



A good game, but very expensive 



suitable word 

The game can be saved la play later via the 
quit option There ate only two colours on 
screen at any lime Shading is used to 
differentiate between the double and tuple 
squares, but they do look drflerent enough tram 
each other to aEow things to be clearly seen 
There is no sound at alt. but m a game like this, 
it's not necessary 

Scrabble worked tine on the CPC 4M with 
64K ram expansion The thing that nutates, me 
most about it is thai you have to tap away on 
Ihe cursor pad when you're trying to position 
your word rather than having auto-repeat on 
the keys If you like Scrabble and have troubte 
getting enough people to play it, then Shis 
gama is lor you The computer opponents are 
tough at high Jevels and wiU give you a good 
game. The game is good, but expensive at 
sixteen pounds, GBH 

FIRST DAY TARGET SCORE 
Boat computer on level ioui 






Oiuy I give up wtol's a Jd'«.i * upOOMti to b#*^ 

Ate yew sure Wug-<i-numr~«smt« * er fxvfm water 



SECOND OPINION 

j ve always enjoyed a good gams at 
"taabbJe so ti whs nice to beabie to 
on a compute* opponent Us a Unk- 
disappointing that they dsdn f make mote 
use c^ colour coding on ihe beard and (hat 
it's SO experts,' vo but that may not worry 
(heenthuSjasJ 1 Jcfeaffo* era c* more 
players, ts.it if that computer puts down 
'oy' one more tone Via going to hav& 
Qodax on a ttrpta wesd square 
BW 

GREEN SCREEN VTEW 

It looks the same tn green as it does in 
colour 



AMSTRAB ACTION 47 



ACTION TEST 



ARMAGEDDON MAN 

Mortech, tl2. 95 coss, £10,95 disk. Joystick, keys or mouse 




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Vou ploy the Supreme Commander in the year 
2023 You have the lost of not only tapping 
tha peece between the lo countries, of tho 
world but also achieving good working 
iclasions with them, -while keeping military 
and economic stability. A lough task which 
demands much thought but few quick 
responses' Not a game lor action addicts. 

The sason is spill late a map and an scon 
area The mop covers the whole world The 
(Con area conjoins six icons, the first c4 which is 
the Information icon This option allows you to 
v»w the levels of food, resources ctnd missiles 
lhat each of the 16 countnes has By doing this 
you can see which countries you should send 

directives to 

The communication icon allows you to 
look at tenors soni to you bom other oauntrws 
You can also send directives from here A 
dncctive might be to ask Canada lo send 10 
lesource unils to China, or fen a country to 
build up its missile slocks They wont aiways 
agree, you can tout try, 

The satellites icon allows you io place 
sale] lues in geostationary oibtl around the 
world. The satellites die either "Big Bird" lecon 
bat>, oi "SOI" Lasw sots Recon sots keep an eye 
on countries, while SDT sols can lessen the 
eft --:;is q( o nuclear attack if it happens- The 
Radio icon allows you to search the aii waves 
loi transmissions from other countries 

The UNN forces icon lets you send comies 
mto any country This can have a quieting 
effect put you don't overstay your welcome. 



FLUNKY 

Piranha. £9.95 oass. £1 4.95 disk, Joystick or keys 



The Verdict 




GRAPHICS 


56% 


Clearly defined icons and map. 
■ No animation and lew colours used 


SONICS 


38% 


■ Nothing tab. 




GRAB FACTOR 


66% 


Sue options to use. 
■ Seems aimless at fast 




STAYING POWER 


73% 


Difficult io keep the peace 
wai strategy is needed too 




A A RATING 


61% 


A good stjategjc waigcflfne 
■ Very expensive 



Altogether, I found this gome quite 
inteiestmg There is little action, taut at least the 
reactions are realistic It's lealiy like a game of 
chess, with the future of the world depending 
on it. Lifelike? Possibly Anyway, I like it. but 
rarely foe! in the mood to tax my bicdn against 
1 ft- countnes Intent on Osteon 5. cjb 

FIRST DAY TARGET SCORE 

Dccrphoi a message 




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i2%swM 



.W1 

SECOND OPINION 

My hopes ww© high ft* Jhis one if sounded 
jusf my cup ol tea all this hugh powered 
d<ptaniaey n>^e w<?fe certainty plenty ol 
options and 1 eathuskxstKXJily tried to solve 
ihe work* ptobi&ma. Howevex you don't 
seem to get much pesittvv response nam 
jsour actions 11 is posstbte to get somewhere 
in flie grams. but I would have appiecmitxi 
a good action being more ctearjy 
recognisisJ artd rewarded. I suppose it's 
realistic to the way yotJie not always suto 
you Ve done aamsfliifie ripfi t & not out 
fhaf is its major jarobfam lor me. I w 

GREEN SCREEN VIEW 

No difficulties 




This is certainly a now idea lot an arcade 
advenluie, but one which 1 found boring and 
difficult, not only io get into, hut also to keep 
interest in 

Vou play the pari ol Flunky - a wetrd 
name - the dogs body of Buckingham Palace 
Tho other characters consist of Andrew, Fcigic. 
Charles. Dt HRH Tho Quean, and some olher 
nondoscrrpi guards and lhe like The object at 
the game is to got tho auiouiaph of each 
member Ol the Royal family 

Like the Jrisi pari of Short Circuit. 
obtaining dilleienl lhmgs helps you complete 
the task. Thr- royals will order you to do certain 
things, which you must do in order to be able 
to got their autograph The sasks are varied 
and difficult mestoi tho family red. mring 
objects that you'd associate with their. 

My biggest atticism is that most of them 



SECOND OPINION 
Large graphics and an un usuaV game but 
untortunatelY time a not much gamvpiay 
The tasks are cnwfe friefcy to complete but 1 
coukifi'l find enough to keep me occupied 
A rifeo idea which rents miserably as a 
game 
SM 

GREEN SCREEN VIEW 
Everything is dsat in green 



you will do through guesswork alone, or by 
trying everything imaginable It's this sort ot 
thing tha! E detest Mainly because 1 have a 
ShOit Concentration Span lor mindless things. 
Graphics are pretty poor, with little 



variation and nothing above av&iage Io 
mention Sound is iifeJess Like 1 say. (he game 
is hard to get mto, but "who knows'' you might 
like '-i it you have the patience of a sasnl and 
the will of an iron boa Not my type ot gomeat 
ail Tm afraid cjb 

FUST DAY TARGET SCORE 

Get instructions and radio centre! 



The Verdict 




GRAPHICS 


51% 


Quick and easy movement 
■ Single colour charcctess 




SONICS 


12% 


■ Boring* 




GRAB FACTOR 


53% 


interesting task 
■ Takes a while? lo find anything 




STAYING POWER 


57% 


Diiticult to complete 
■ Too frustrating 




A A RATING 


...53% 


■ Unfulfilled potential I'm of raid 



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XOR 



Legation. £v 95 coss. £14 OS disk, |oysUcfe or le&v* 5 






Logotjon are a new name to the Amstrad 
games scene, but they took set to ruffle sons 
feathers with a game all about chickens, fish, 
bombs and dolly; Until now they've been best 
known far the FWidown word processor SO the 
marks quite a departure lot them and 
hopefully il Will be a suocesful one 




Xot is an unusual maze type game in 
which you control two shields. Quesloi and 
Magus m an attempt to reveal the identity at 
Xor He is revealed when all oj the lilleen 
levels aj the game ate completed Vou gel the 
idea of how liendish the game's going to be 
Iiom the level names: "Henry's Anguish" 
"Erptosive Mixture'. 'Dollys Revenge" "The 
Challenge'' and TJaacrs Edge" are jisi a lew 

On loading you are presented with a 
menu which allows access io she 16 levels ct 
the game The playing area is a four way 
scrolling mare and cm each level you have to 
collect tiS of the masks which are hidden si 

nare. Your sask is hampered by (he many 
hazards and puzzles that have to be worked 
through. 

The hazards are f orcefselds, chickens, fish, 
dolls, bombs, transporters and switches. They 
all have different movcmcni logics and effects. 
which have been combined into wickedly 
camplKCried puzzles These get tougher as you 
progress through the levels, until they ieach 
quite extraordinary levels of interaction 
needing many hours of eipenmentaticii and 
though! to crack 

The lotcefieEds are ar two types, vertical 
and hosisorital the vertical are only removed 
by vertical movement and the horizontal by 
horizontal movement ^logical isn'l it) This 
means problems have to be apjiaached from 
the correct duechon. and on Ihe later levels its 
all too easy to get trapped on the wrong side 
of a f arocftoW 

Chickens appeal on the saoong level and 
these move to the left whenever they can 
until they nil something Fssh also appear here 
and these fall strmghl down. wbe*e possible 
unlil they bump mto something I! a Ish or 
chicken is released and hits one of the shteJds 
then you'll lose the shield and have to start 



over Dollys join to on !evel five and those 
move in the duection they're pushed, but 
fortunately they don't destroy the shields when 
Ihey hit them 

The chickens, fish and doQys are the key 
to the whole game because they're what you 
need to use to complete tasks One wrong 
move and youll make the level 
impossible to complete, by blocking 
off either a mask or a comdor of the 
maze From these simple eiemenls 
are built extraordinary devious 
puzzles 

Bombs first enter the game on level 
four and come in two types V- 
bombs and H-bombs V- bombs 
explode vertically and H-bombs 
explode horizontally . destroying Ihe 
two squat es on either side The 
bombs are needed on many tevels 
to blast holes through walls. 
allowing access to other parts of the 
mose. The bombs are detonated by 
being hit by one of ihree things trsh. 
Chickens or another bomb They 
also obey a movement pattern. H- 
bombs behaving like fish and V 
bombs like chickens. 

Switches look similar 

to masks but :^~" 
have a sad face 
instead of a happy 
one — lot good 
reason They have 
the irritating eUec! 
of turning out tho 
lights so that Ihe walls 
of the maw are tnvrstate If 




The Verdict 

GRAPHICS 60% 

Large, clearly defmed eharqetep 

■ Not much variety m characters or 
scenery 



SONICS .... 

■ Terrible rune. 

■ No spot effects 



37% 



85% 



GRAB FACTOR 

Easy puzzles to start wilh 
■ But you may not appreciate its subtlety 

bam these early screens. 

STAYING POWER 94% 

Filteen ptogressivery difficult levels 
Puzzles on same levels are incredibly 
devious, 



AA RATING 



91% 



It's bke flouJcferddsh with less arcade 
acbon and much more interesting 
problems to solve 



you can Itnd another sad mask you can toggle 
the light 1 ; back on again. 

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Scotlie) cnft tansporters and Ihese enter p3ay 
at level ten They simply allow you to teJeport 
a sluold between two pomis in the maze — 
makes a change izom blowing holes <o get 

SECOND OPINION 
This really b waedibty add Kfr ve and 
superh/y thought out The authors haven 1 
mrssect or ana/e dsfcnl in any erf ihe pyjsfes 
At ftmw youi/ curse (hem tor playing nasty 
mcks on you and then be delighted by 
soivffig something f can only campa/e jf to 
an adventure in the way you have to 
approach fheprotof&Ti soJVina. buf otovjousJy 
it requires a different sort of thought process 
in. rtKmipiikjtmg all the objects. This is bound 
to become a classic which wii! prowfe 
exoeJ/enf GniGjtaumKTiL BW 

GREEN SCREEN VIEW 
Masts and rtMsnu screen are dark blue Oh 
black and ate drtttcuit to see 

These ate two more essential elements of 
the game — a map and a door The map is 
picked up in tour quarters and shows the 
fooatian oJ the masks and position ol the doOT- 
This is invaluable tor determining where to 
blow a hole in a wall, or where to push 
through something when you oan't see it on 
the screen The door e the exit to the maw and 
can only be used when all (he masks have 
been collected 

As you attempt the haraoi levels you 11 
find you havo to bung the two shields tbgetbet 
to work ai landem You can also bttng one 
shield (o the rescue a the othei one gets stuck 
This adds stsil more to the pu«l*5 and 
enjoyment. The levels have to be completed 
wtihin 2000 moves, which isn : always easy 




continuously is awful and there are no other 

Gf (octs m the game. 

Its simple at lirsl stgm but the elemenl of 
problem solving will soon have you hooted 
It's irusttatmgly difficult ol tunes but it will 
appeal stionaly to people who enjoy fiendish 
pirates Vau can sit and agonise? ovot a ptazk= 
lot ages and suddenly the answer will come ro 
you luce a tevekften — very rewarding H Wfi] 
be a long time before this game is mastered 

GBH 

FIRST DAY TARGET SCORE 

Complete first throe levels 



Magus 





Transporter 




Mask 



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CHAMPIONSHIP WATER SKIING 

[nfogiamos, E9.95 cass. E14 95 disk, joystick of keys 



Now is your chance to put on ytxs wet suit 
and compete in championship water skiing 
Mb knowledge ol wai?r skiing is necessary to 
play Bus game, which is lucky because all I 
know about watet skiing, is that you don't 
need a sloping Jake to do it. 

The game opens with a menu screen 
where you set up the game Up to three 
people can play m three different was*: Siding 
events The three events ore the slalom the 
jump and the figures 

Event one ts the statam which fe the most 
dilibcult of the three You must ski between the 
gate and then weave outside the remaining 
buoys The rope which links you to the boat 
must be extended as you reach she buoys, in 
order to get around a The tope then has to be 
shortened so that you teach the neirl buoy last 
enough Timing when to press ihe key to 
extend the tope is the most difncull part 

In the jump you tost much set your speed 
so that you hit the lamp The screen then 
changes to show a side view oi the tamp and 
a magnified view of you flying in the lop left ol 
the screen You must I hen keep yourself 
upright so thai you make a good landing, 
otherwise under the surf you go You have 
jhioc attempts crt the lump and soote points 
according 10 the distance you tumped 

Last aie Ihe bguies The screen Is spin 
into two pails One shows the vtew of your 
sktet tram the teat at the speed boat, and the 
other Shows side view of the course With the 
boat and skiet on it There ate two stages to 
the course ■ each last 20 seconds. During this 
tone you pejlorm a variety of manoeuvets to 
score points The manoeuveis can be done 
euhet in the middle ol the boats wake at to the 



side ot the wake Performing the hgures is 
djfncuJl until you get used to it. but they do 
become easier with practice 

You can either play The events 
indtvKtaal3y or try ail three in sequence , 11 you 
play the thiee in sequence then when the 
throe? events ate imshed a score is shown and 
you return to the menu screen 

The graphics aie large and cofouilu] and 
the backgrounds ate detailed There are same 
good title tunes, out no music actually plays 
during the game Sound during the game is 
ttmrtcd to spot ettects 

Championship Water Skiing 15 more of a 
simulation than a game II you have always 
wanted to try water sluing, but never had She 
money, then this could be a duet alternative 
lor you gbh 

FIRST DAY TARGET SCORE 

70m jump, get round 6 buoys and 4000 pis in 

the figures 



SECOND OPINION 
/ was disappointed at last by what seemed a 
very Simplistic game - nothing seemed to 
happen in ihe jump a figures and f couldn't 
get anywhere in the slalom, ffowowr after 
getting the thythm of the skfiom if becomes 
the mosf intarcsting and testing at the 
events The other two aran I as good, but 
together tha thrice events make an onjoyatjle 
and novo! sports sun uiation BW 

GREEN SCREEN VIEW 
No prppkVrts 




Up. up and away 


The Verdict 




GRAPHICS 


90% 


Colourful screens for all three events 


SONICS 


65% 


Good tunes an title screen 
■ Not much in-game sound 




GRAB FACTOR 


73% 


Enjoyable when you know how 
■ Very cilhcui*. to begin with 




STAYING POWER 


61% 


Slalom may keep your interest 
■ The other twa events are a bit easy 


AA RATING.. 


66% 


Novel typo of game 
■ Probably won l keep you hooked lot 

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MISSION JUPITER 

Code Masters. £ 1 ,99 cass, joystick or keys 



You ate equipped with a tocket pack and a 
lasei , and set oli to journey across the planet of 
Jupiter home of the gieat red z& Well, why 
not? It was u nice sunny day. it seemed 
perfectly natural 

There are ten levels of scrolling graphics 
to navel across Each level & several screens 
wide and they are occupied by a variety ol 
aliens. The hist level has space suited aliens, 
armed with lasers and laseis cannons which 
point unto the sky Level Iwo has UFO'b which 
move up and down ihe screen as they came 
lowatds you Missiles and meteois enter on 
level Inioe and hommg rntssiles torn m on tovel 
four Gtound based hazards ate lues and 
spikes and these must be flown over 

You have limited ammunition and luel in 
your rocket pack. Fortunately (uel and 

SECOND OPINION 
Voir eon I really complain about <t gome like 
'his -its cheap colourful fast moving and 
reasonably fOugfi '( won * se| the world* 
alight but it might pass same timn 
pleasantly enough BW 



GREEN SCREEN VIEW 

No great problems in this department 



ammunition appeal randomly an each level 
These are picked up by landing on them You 
have louj lives to complete the game with 

The scrolling of the scenety a )etky but 
ihe backgrounds Cue colourful and detailed. 
The sprites, ate small and there ts little 





animation There one no tunes but the Sound 
ettects ate quite good F01 the pnee it's guile a 
good game although the gameplay is 

repetitive GBH 

FIRST DAY TARGET SCORE 

Complete lour levels 



The Verdict 

GRAPHICS 72% 

i Good U*e of colour 

■ Joiky scrolling 

SONICS 61% 

Good fixplosiQns. 

GRAB FACTOR 62% 

Easy to gel into 
Ten progressively difficult levels 

STAYING POWER 54% 

■ Mi i I'l'.-'.-l quickly 

■ Veiy Utt> happening on screen, 



A A RATING 62% 




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MYSTERY OF THE NILE 



Firebird, £7.95 eass, £12.95 disk, Joystick or keys 



firebird have been busy recently With Chaio 
and Mission Genocide last month and now 
Mystery o/ tho Nile The Jewel of Lujc« has 
bjgffi stolon and you control thie* heroic 

personalities in there Indiana Jones style 




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□(tempt to recover the asm. which Abu-5ahl 
has stolen The three characlor s aso Dr Nevada 
Smith CaHBll Nevada and Indiana both states 
in tho USA), iamous at ctiaeol agist Janet 
Dwighi his assistanl and Alttasan a native ot 
Egypt 

The ojame opens with Janet standing on 
her balcony m the morning and dawn below 
appeats one o! AbuSahl's men On another 
balcony are a pile of hand grenades which 
Janet must use to kill net enemies She then 
moves ot£ the screen to the light where these 
are mote minions to be slaughleied The line 
there is also o dynamite Ihiowei to kilt Screen 



thiee sees the entrance ot Al-Hasan who to 
Janet about and screen five brings Mm 
Into the game 

The ihtee characters, are controlled one at 
a tunc? and and canto! t& changed by use at 
Ihe keys 1 , 2 and 3 Janet throws grenades. 
Nevada shoots people and Al Hasan beats 
people id death with his umbrella Tho gun and 
grenades are in a limited quantity and 



The Verdict 
GRAPHICS 76% 

Detailed and colourful scenery 
Nevada and mends look, good 

SONICS 60% 

1 Mo in game tunes 

GRAB FACTOR 73% 

lids a good atmosphere 

■ A bit caflicul! to get the hang of 

STAYING POWER 64% 

■ Controlling three characters a loo ddUcul) 

■ Why wont The other two lOtbaas slay still? 



A A RATING 



Good but sadly towed 



71% 



TepSacements need to bo pickod up by th> - .' 
apt^topndte chcnactei The heroes each can be 
hit toui times beJoro they die and il one Of I 
ts lulled the game ends 

Sound in the game is limited to spot 
effects There are a couple ol tunes on the title 
screen and death screen The tunes sound 
good but don't lit in with the Arabian setting 
The graphics are bright and colourful making 
the game took appealing 

One thUtg that makes iho game very 
difJicuH ts the way in which the heroes that you 
aten t controlling, move around They ollen 
end up being killed by an enemy or by you i 
you are not careful where you aim This spoils 
an otherwise good game by making tf too 
dsUieult gbh 

FIRST DAY TARGET SCORE 

Complete the fast 10 screens 



SECOND OPINION 
Thwe you arc trying to Save something or 
other horn somebody or other when these 
fwo lunatics start weaving about (he screen 
doing their level best togal you to put a 
grenade art titev bono? PprxxmUy !m 
surprised Jan&t didri I give up on these bams* 
a long white Pack Then* must be plenty at 
demand tor a gorgeous poufmg gienadu 
throwing hOawaaaJ tnaruoc I quire enjoyed 
rtieatfy BW 

GREEN SCREEN VIEW 
Oearvjew and jiiSt as disobedient 



SOLOMONS KEY 

US Gold, £9,99 cass, £14.99 disk, Joystick; or ksy* 



My savounie game from now an is this one Tve 
been a platform game addict since Manic 
Miner, and this one will never stray lar Horn my 

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Olacks, hbsms. iiptjjs bit oi gameptfy 

Vdut task is to go through all 20 tevelis, 
getting tho key in each and taking si to the 
door Brilliantly simple, eh? Not so my inend 
You move about by casting spelts. When you 
east a spelt, a block will either appear oi 
disappear, depending on whether it was there 
in the fust place (very Zen - eefl You can then 
lump onto these blocks 

Some blocks hide goodies Some goodies 
will give you mote potnls others wfli give you 
fireballs, a longer scroll, or death and 
destruction The scroll, is where the tncbalis are 
shown and the fireballs are what you use to 
kill the noshes The nasties lake the form of little 



crackling starry things ogtes, strange animals 
weird balls, and other barely dcscribable 
things. If you walk into a nasty, you will die. 

Death and destruction causes every nasty 
on the sateen to d» When they die lhey will 
leave another goodie lor you U you see a 
goodie in the shape at a question moot oat a 
quick It will give you a score bonus of between 
10.000 and a million 

l ihmk th» game » giwt Agreed, it s my 
lavouiUe type ol game, but it does, have good 
graphics, sound and playability It s easy to get 
into, but will grip you lar hours CJB 

FUST DAY TARGET SCORE 
160.000 



SECOND OPINION 

Its got bogs of appeal - greet ^trophies and 
some eksssy gamepkry What it doesn't 
have tot me is real lasting in feres? 20 
screens /usl tint enough, and there isn't 
much variety m them to keep you interested 
when you have to repeat the carry ones for 
every game A jotly nice game ail round 
bufnofmybagafnuis bw 



GREEN SCREEN VIEW 

No problems at all 



The Verdict 




un APHIC) 


83% 


Lots ot dirJeieni colours used 




Good animation and screen variety 


SONICS 


69% 


Good music cmd eflects 




GRAB FACTOR 


82% 


Easy to ge? into 




! Each level increases in dittcuiiy 




STAYING POWER 


767e 


Twenty teweis lo beat 




m Levefe get repetitive 




A A RATING 


78% 


Commendable arcade conversion 



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ACT/ON TEST 



FOOTBALL DIRECTOR 

D and, H games, EB.vS cess, keys only, 464 only 



Here's the iurst gome m a long time that only 
runs on the 464 ar.d not on the 064 and 4228. 
Strangely enough another football 
management gamo. Big JVeague Soccer also 
ion only on 464 when it iirst corns out back in 
December 65. That's the game lhal you've got 
to beet! In the lootbctll management stakes on 
the Amstrad. 

You stall as the manager of a fourth 
division clUb o! your choice and play through a 
season of 38 matches. The disk version of Big 
league Succor had the FA Cup bul FoofbaJJ 
Duecfsr aiso has the League Cup and European 
competitions. The European competitions do no? 
appea: until you win a cup oi finish high 
enough m the league. 

The menu scteen has several options 
which are play match, check match, squad. 
transfer market hjctuies. league table, 
employees and save game. Employees allows 
you to hue a youth team, coach, physio oi 
scout. The scout is probably ths mod useful 

SECOND OPINION 

! m a sucker tot toatbai} games. 1 just can f 
gat enough ot thorn. This ana is good but net 
tlKtt good It doesn t have that many 
advantages on other games and is not well 
presented 1 toitg tor ct machine code tootbail 
strategy game with $?> I tott 

o! strategy, ill keep hoping BW 

GREEN SCREEN VIEW 

Wo graphic*-, no problems. 



because he con Look far a panxukn skill rated 
player of the type goalkeeper, defendet 
mjdf leW or attacker The skill ratings tat players 
go from one up !o intemationa! level 

The squad option lists your learn and 
allows you to change it or sell players 
'Fixliues' lists the- matches and the results- at 
those that have bocrt played and the league 
labie displays the ,.er... league "Check match 
complies your team to youi opponents and 
■play match' gets the game kscked of] The 
game also features crowd violence, sendmgs 
olf. sponsors, TV coverage and testimonials - 
none of which is graphically represented ol 
course 

The match highlights are a counter which 
counts up towards 90 minutes and ine name ol 
any goal scqtcjs and the minute in which (hey 
scared. The results of the other matches m the 
division are displayed and the league table 
calculated 

There aid no graphics m Ihe game wuh 
everything being displayed in a table ci as 
text The piogiam is also completely silent 

Since the game is whiten in BASIC It Is 
slow on times bu! this want mallei really The 
worst part is thai at the end ol the season your 
position is saved to (ape and you must ihen re 
load the whole game D&H Games down that 
the game has to be re-loaded because the 
whole of memory is used GBH 

FIRST DAY TARGET SCORE 

Get promoled la the third division 




Tng up5 and daw* > loMbal mawQ»meai 



The Verdict 

GRAPHICS 05% 

■ No match highlights. 

■ Or graphics oi any kind lot that matter 



soNrcs 



00% 



Silence 



GRAB FACTOR 



60% 



. Will probably only appeal to football 
fans 

■ Program has to be reloaded afler every 

soasen 

STAYING POWER 70% 
Oilers mote leaiuies than most football 



A A RATING 



games 

Slowness proves irniaiing 



65% 



SURVIVOR 



US Gold, £v99cass. £14.99 disk, joystick or keys 



Survival of the attest is what ths game vs all 
about Floating in space around a long dead 
planet is a hug© spaceship This ship s lull ot 
the inhabitants of a thousand worlds, you are 
amongst them your race is in danger of dying 
out and you are the only one capable of 
saving it 




Cowling iWQ'jgn j *e*i*iatpondu«. 

There are ;en incubators m the $hip and 

you must introduce a pod into each of them 
There are 1 42 looms in the ship and these en* 
spin over lout levels The levels are pined by 
either vents or lilts. Both are used by standing 
next to them and squatting dawn. 

You loot remarkably hks the star ol the 
saence-hoitoi film, AJien as you wall: around 
the ship or aowl along an ducts You can also 
jump and higher jumps can be done by 



SECOND OPINION 
U looks pretty enough and has ntoo touches 
Uko munching engineers - boy do (hey look 
surprised 1 ' In (he end if canf compensate tor 
the base lack ot depth. Games where you 
just explore are really starting to bare me. 
paiticulcaly when you have to work out an 
awkward Mt system Srrfl if looks okay and 
has quite a challenge to if so you could do 
worse BW 

GREEN SCREEN VIEW 
As you'd expect aliens took okay in green 



squatting flisl and then jumping When in the 
vents you can cimg to the tool by pressing Ihe 
jump key 

Throughout (he ship you will encounter 
some ol the other races who drain your energy 
when they bump mio you To replenish your 
energy you can find a white coaled engineer 
who you can eat. They don't appear to like 
bong eaten, bul it does you a world of good 
and looks nice loo You can paralyse ihe ohens 
by spitting ot them, The range you spit at 
depends on how long the fire button is 
depressed 

The graphics are colourful, bui the 
animation is jerky. Sound elfeas m the game 



are limited and metlcctive There is a good title 
tune, but there are no tunes during play 

The idea of lor once bemg a savage alien 
merely trying to survive and to re build Its race 
rs novel but unlotiunatcly the game does not 
live up to its potential gbh 

n RST DAY TARGET SCORE 

Place a pod 



The Verdict 




GRAPHICS 


68% 


] Large ooiourtul characters 
■ Unrealistic animation 




SONICS 


65% 


G Good tille tune. 


ReasonaWe ellecls in the game 




GRAB FACTOR 


00% 


Eating engineers is fun 
■ Very confusing to begin with because ot 
me ships layout 


STAYING POWER 


59% 


Resurrecting your toco will lake a long 
time 


■ Basically a 'colleci ihe ser game 




A A RATING 


63% 





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JOE BLADE 

Players, £1,99 cass, joystick or keys 



Ciox Blcodhnger and his gang ol teaarists 
have kidnapped six world loaders and is 
holding them lor ransom. The respective 
governments are unwilling to pay the measly 
30 billion dollars for then sate release so 
they've sent tar you to attempt the rescue. 

The screen has a central playing area 
which b llicli; saeen. with doors and windows 
in the foreground and background These can 
.be enteced by pressing up or down as 
apptOpnalr 

Inside Bloodlingei's HQ you will find 
tenojats and bombs The tC" or isis cause you to 
lose energy when you touch them When you 
tun out ol enetgy the game ends There cue six 
bombs which have to be activated to destroy 
EJoodJuiyei i HQ These aie booby happed 
and to activate them, you have a time limit in 
which to qngrige iho letters A-£ into 
alphabetical aider Fail to do this and the 
game ends wish you being blown up 

Lying about en the itooi are Kerns of use 
lb you such as food, enemy uniforms keys 
and ammunition The keys die needed to 
Open the many doors While you are wearing 
a uniform the machine gun toting troopers do 
not haim you Pood replenishes you: limited 
energy and ammunition keeps your trusty 
machine gun sputing bullets 

The screen is only in two colours, bul the 




toatm h^s-tage rwOy » tw rmeutd 

SECOND OPINION 
Not my idea ot run this ctaniess wandering 
around What it needs is mare ot the 
puzzling eiemen I that the bombs introduce 
A tew more stages Me that and rt would 1 be 
a much bett&i garni* Why coutdn t we have 
had combat action with lire guards ss wefl. 
fW than just pressing a button to fm the 
gun Disappointing BW 

GREEN SCREEN VT£W 
The rooms are virtually mdislmguishabfe in 
colour 



colours change horn room to room The 
teio usls are well animated as they goosestep 
then way around Bloodlmgoi s HQ. There are 
machine gun sounds and title tunes GBH 



The Verdict 




GRAPHICS 


56% 


Detailed characters 
■ Monochrome screen 




SONICS 


60% 


Good title tune 




GRAB FACTOR 


60% 


Simple to play 
■ Not much thought needed 




STAYING POWER 


53% 


Bomb pufflles make things moie diflicul! 
■ Spend a lot at time wandering around 
looking lot something to do 


A A RATING 


57% 


■ Gould have been much better with a bit 
mote thought. 



TAI-PAN 



Ocean, £6 95 cass, £14.75 disk, pystick or keys 



Tor-Pan rs a Hading game set in the China sebs 
in the 1940s it is based on James Ckrvell s 
book at the same name and has you in the 
rote at Dirk Struan. a penniless trader, whose 
desue b to become extremely nch Ta^Pan b 
the title given to a merchant prince OJ the Tea 
East 

The game starts with you having no ship 
or money and your lust task is lo obiair. a 
loan To do this you go to the restaurant where 
you can meet wilh someone who will give you 
loan d £300.000 Next stop the bank where 
you have a choice or which of the three types 
of ship to buy You can only afford two ol them 
and the cheapest is probably the best bet 
otherwise you may not have enough money 
tor cargo and crew Money can also be lost at 
gamed, by gambling m the lesrauiant 

Oew can be obtained m two ways, the 
brst is by going la the tnn and hiring them and 
the second is by press ganging A hoed crew 
rs mote lettable but a press-ganged crew is 
tree 



SECOND OPINION 
Definitely an opportunity missed here 
ccufci have been the Qito d the high seas. 
bur ends up spending fbo much time with 
ineffective graphics and not enough lime 
doing things Howevet, I'm or sucker far this 
type of game and will probably keep trying 
:o bwkf a iortunc BW 

GREEN SCREEN VIEW 

Clear but stilt chunky 



Cargo is bought and sold at the 
warehouse The hold at the three types oi ship 
dictates the quantity d cargo you can carry 
Make suie you stock up on load horn the 

supply dopot otherwise you iun the risk Ol 
mutiny when yout ctew becomes hungiy 
Cannon balls and musket shot can be 
obtained tiom the armoury so lhal you are not 
defenceless when out on the high seas 

To leave the pad you go lo the harbour 
and then the soiling section or (he game k 
loaded During this section ol the game you 
control the speed and direction of the ship 
One ol the icons allows you to shoot at any 
passing ships and so you can take up piracy 
When you lOOch another port you set on to the 
warehouse where you can sell yaui cargo and 
buy another load 

The date a updated horn time to time 
and il you rail 10 pay oil your loan withm the 
arm limit you will have yam head surgically 
removed Play continues tffitft you either die Of 
become 7a:-pan The game can be saved at 
letoaded ai any time 

The graphics can be summed up si one 
word appalling They me chunky arid the 
animation is not very good eithei A tune 
plays continuously through Ihe game It does 
add to the oriental atmosphere. 

The main problem with Tai-Pan is the 
tune spent loading the town and sailing 
sections during play It spoils the How and 
makes it seem less like fun and mote ot a 
chore. The graphics would hav& been barter 
Ml out and the game loading in one go 
rather Ihcm multi-load 



The mixture of strategy 
and wandering around 
town buying and selling 
does not work very well 
and it would have been 
better as a pure strategy 
game GBH 



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Pay at! the 1300.000 loan 




The Verdict 



40% 



GRAPHICS 

C The toons look good 

■ The res', o! "die graphics are tentbte 



SONICS 74% 

Good tune plays throughout the game 

■ Not much in spot eftects 

GRAB FACTOR 64% 

Exploring the China seas s Iun 

■ Finding your way ccound town is tncfcy 
at fast 



STAYING POWER 



72% 



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time 

Especially with waiting for the ail' 

sections ol game to toad 



A A RATING 



66% 



A moo idea which is badly executed 



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you infinite lives and supcizaps 

UseMethodi I, i or, 34,115, t*M 95, 

- t#p* 205,55,109, 62, £95,59, 

2 'By S.J! 2241, 

•loo now ei /.TA 90,42, 79, tl ,50,220,7*; 

20 LOCAT5: . mWriCiJt..." 90 0*7*74,50,65,64,195,16,64,74 

■ ••■;TOR a*JMG TO 3*18 ,.^- 




Stuart wu»n (oka Stuart the 
Cleric) ot Sishop Auckland has 
sent in a poke lor Jackie and 
Wtd& It gives you minute time and 
mvnineigibdity. lis a Method 2 
poke and (he We called GAME 
must be skipped 

1 ' Jackie and Vide - tape 

2 ' by Stu the Cleric 

■ c*d Action fcv 87 

,?BJ0OT"!':MEMWt 999 

■ ' ■ 



JO I IK 0,2«:INK 1,0 
40 IKK 2,24:041 
50 UW!-,iCC0fl 
60 LOAD*'.", 
10 !£*]&«■:■, 21000 
SO * unlimited i\ ;• 
90 POKE *3A4B,0 

JVC fjK4l WAtJctS 

130 POKE S4E7} , 
!40 POKE .«i . .. 

350 CALL 



POKE METHODS FOR TAPE 

Here ts how 10 input the maprtty of Cheat Mode- lope poke* The msuue- 
nans lor each pake tell you which of the two different methods to use If 

you have a AM or el2B, first type i lope 

METHOD 1 

Rewind the game (ape to the beginning, Now type sn the poke listing 
Thr-n type PUN and press fly? Enfst key (Don! use the key marked CTRL 

I or Control, that would stop fhe poke from working.) Press the Ploy key on 
the cassette deck, then any key on She mam keyboard spacebat will 

I do nicety The lap© should now start to play through in the normal way 

METHOD 2 

Tot this method you have to skip the lust bit at the game program To do 
that, start by tewmding the game tape to the beginning Mow type in 
she hsttng. Then type CAT and press Enter Start the tape by pressing 
Play and then any key Then watch the screen 

Soon you'll get the message Found something Stock i It doesn't 
mat to what the something actually is, this will vary from one game to 
another ii foe Cheat Mode instructions just telt you to skip the iirst block, 
you should stop the tape here 

li "he instructions tell you to slap several things, stop the tape when 
the Found message comes up fa the last thing youie trying to skip, 

Once you've stopped (ho tape, press Escape type RUN and press 
Enter Now press Play on the tapedecfc and any key an the keyboard to 
start the tape running. 



62 AMSTRAD ACTION 



Road Runner 

Julian Collins of London has seni in 
another poke this month This time 
Road Runner gets inlrnife lives on 
the disk vetsion of the game The? 
colours on screen will be incorrect 
as first but don't warty about il 

Kuans! 



'. A0"tw rdo-r " , 4CO0O 
& JttHCWf *5FfT 

I 46000 TO tl 
READ aSiFCJE i,WlLCV T «S! 
-CT 
70 CALL 16000 

SODA , , , .'.',60,11,24,60 

90 DATA cti,?7,bc,21,D0,Ol, 

. - - , ■• , , ,21 
. . ..,-,,.-, ,c3 
, . - 



Sentinel 


,s*,e3,00 


Regular hacker Phil Howard has 
been working on Sentinel ths 
month This Method 1 poke makes 
you invulnerable to the Sentinel, 
but not to his mmsons 


ATA lf,21,F3,2e,36,c3 

■ ";:) : : [3000 !J»0 

;"i£Xr 


H ' t , 1 ■ r 


' " -■ 4 Br tot' 









CHEAT MODE 







Suipitse, suipriso. another poke by 
Phil Howard of Loads who has this 
time hacked mto- Aikanvitf 
Piossmo- ESC at any time lotus you 
to the next level its a Method 1 

I * Atfuftsid - iapv 

J * by PMi Howard 

} * Awn rriri ACU<* Hoy 81 

10 DA7A 2Md,bff 34*31,23 

20 DATA 

10 DATA *2,39.1&,73,23,3« 

40 DATA ;i,23,J4,be,; i i, 

10 DATA 00,*5,2U9Dyt*i*3 

•• , , ■ 

10 0*3 f 36,a> 

!,36 f (U,«!»ri, 
90 DATA c9,21,M,02,£2,B3 
100 DATA 06,c3,eS,4S 
I 10 y-fliMQOrt 12900 
120 FOf E=*IIE00 TO 4BE.39 
130 BEAU dS;a»VM.(-*-*ji3l 
140 poke x,*jyew*aiJireT 

110 It yXHltl? THEK ISO 
OWarfuneJ I" 

I 10 CAM, (BEDS 



180 PRINT" tto" i ftp 



Tony Mbyte of St Annes has sent In 
anotiw! poke tar AikanM This 
one gives you iniinitQ lives and 
allows you to choose on which 
Jovel the tinal screen is. It's a 
Method 1 poke 

i < Ar* tap* 

. " by Tony Hc^le 
■ ■ test - i 
If PSEfiY *3*A« 

20 

icr«n at l«*e.:" 

- .. ■. 
yi ir iew«i*(! c* )<• 

- " . . JAT 
ftO PC*B t3«3,«ie 
90 FQKE 435*4, *13 
100 K-ii^ra 
IIOQjSUB 180 
120 X-*B£Bv 
130' HJSUB ISO 
140 X-iSC 

! 



16(1 CM 

■ ■ | Mil I 

I £A 
.H.l- »$< ' 

* THEN ? I 
• /{■liGQTD 220 
210 WKE x.VALCtVaSl 
220 >. 
230 READ 4$ 

rutt* 

■ 

' ' 
280 Oat A 21,0b, 3tt, 
290 OKI* <K,M,Q(ttB»,W t tl 
300 DATA c»,I*,af,e$,4 
310 DATA cv,«6,27,i I, 

DATA af f 32,f> 1 «,32,'M 
, ks,yy,3liM,« 
350 uata 32,M,OJ,c3,*S,45 
360 DATA 
370 ' 

340 DATA 21,;- ',0 

39C DATA cJ,Af,39,XK 




Gunstai 

Anothoi game lails victim to Phil 
Howard This lime II is Gunsfcn by 
Fuobud and is entered using 
Method 1 This poke slope you 
bom overheating and gives you 
rapid (ire 

I ' Gunttar - tap* 
. ■ l-v Phi i ii- ■•■■ 

• * i 

ATA 21,37,1 1, 

20 i-'ATA 36,36,23, Ji,!*,.?, 

■■TA !f>,il, 5*,- , , ■ 
(JATA 3,001 

DM* 1 i , .,:-,- - . . 

80 DATA Jt,46i ,21 

100 DA . , 

DATA 3*>*», :3,4b, . 

. , ■ . - . 

i , 

• BNOI PM": MEMORY t 
. m : MODE J. 

■ (*i*>4iJ 

yc>tld45 TH1.1. 
200 LOAD^unswrl" 
210 CALL IBEOO 
220 PftJHT"«tsia erterr* 



Barbarian by Palace gets hacked 


an 


so that you Can choose how many 


DATA k4t,m'"i. *■ .. ■ , . . 


hits H takes to kill your opponents 


, 


Enle« II using Method ! , bul be 


1 a ii 16, lip K£ t!03"f,h 


warned that you will still have la 


CALL uoao 


defeat Diai ihe hatd way 


R£H " pok* dara •» 




2S0 RESTORE 300 


i " Bill I ■ .if* 


2W> fW n>(1000 TO htOlS 


■ by GBH 


■*S>tiD sSsPOKC n,VAI,f*'-a5l 


' Amstrait Action Nov fl 


2H0 1 


tu {jreKKn*!» 


2W RET^ 






30 closed 


E,J1,C0,A1,BC,3E JM 


'.•SUB 2S0 


, '-..\A5,0D H r; , . ^B 


- 


:-,?ii QATA 00,3£,JL':, . . ^k 


60 PP.INrr*itifiui r.sxfcer ai w, 


:a:A E9 ■ 


OfpQtieM takes CO ,bj«B kl.1 - 




■ 




;nrtrr u 




80 CLS 




1 OP w>IJ THEH 60 




POKE tis: 




,- 




1 




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Aft JAN ET/- 




W sira: 2 ami a, 




BARBARtAI •:■ • 




'■■■ :■• 


^^H 


110 «*•■"• 




■"1 




no if af<"i" on as>"3" 




110 **VA 


^Ht Vp 



Ttap 

Thanks lo PhU Howard another 
game babes ihe dust You can 
choose which ship you start the 
game in Alligaias Trqp Method 1 
is the one to use 

1 ' Trap, - tape 

1 . ,■ I'M i Kward 
■ :4d Action N?-. 

10 DATA »,«,3i,BB»04, i 

?;04,eS|i . . 
ID dm: A 2i,M,.v3i« 
40 r-DJMEWORY iJOOOiMOOl 
SO Fpf :■: ■ i 

60 BEAU 4Sia"VA]-C*-tflSl 
10 POM 

80 L0AIl 1 ':rJlc"JtOA!J' , !ll• 
90 POKK i9El£,449 

AM r ^9£00 




Peter King of Fonngdon has sent in 
this poke lor infinite lives and rage 
in ihe budgel platform game 
Voodoo Rage It is Method 2 and 
the Just two btocte need to be 
skipped 

■ 

Pete; '■■ 

• • ; ., I A ' . . :. 
10 HO! &1MRWQ1W I 

n iqEstoREiFQ? i •: ro i 

. 

"I";;-:: a: "l", " " 

. . .iiu 

ilHEPLAY^BOOjIi 
00 t «>jUlAU't%t400O 

IAlA,IC3tPC*K t4AtH,iFA 
80 POME iiAlCi*^ 
10 POKE 441 IC, Ice live* 

100 P tao)e 

14000 

. H5j1W1U6 IBKtSSo**: 
NEMI 

E lMOW5-":r«HDs 

• 11,13, 

22 

. . , .1,4,19, 





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Tony Hoyle of Si Annes has sem m 
o jugs long poke lor Aliens It's a 
Method 1 poke and mates you 
invulnerable to the aliens gives 
you infinite ammo, sets you start in 
arty room and allows you to 
change the names of the 
chcn octets 

up* 
2 * by tony Hoyle 
} ' fas': rad fiction Sov 07 
^0 ■ set inks 

«0 k 

n ? £AE i 
U4K h,* 

HP .; 

130 DATA ffi.as6^S,-.Mj 

ho kiata ii*i„as # :Sj3 

>ata 16,13,13,22 
140 OATA 

■-.«« g[ characters 
ISO OATA WPLE1T 
190 DMA OTWiAfl 
200 DATA KICKS 

-,:-. bishop 

220 DATA VA5'. ' 
ATA B0RKE 
'■TfMBON ATI 
HOOT" I p 41 

KEW r.stni 

. v I»ir"Cur»r.t HUoti "rr,S|nj 
■ ■ -r new nine or 
_rn" 
«$ 

•-- racK 

■ ■ THEN MUST 

* tOG lOfri:":- I • J30 

an 

i.'WUI 'P.MSH to su 

:ls 

' lewd code 

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410 L0AD*!credlt3", 43O00 
420 CALL 1.6000 

410 LOAD"! title", 43900 
440 NODE i CALL 4&000 
4bd LOAD"! loader" 
460 POKE 4BOA3 P 4SO 
470 KIKE 4S0A4,4BE 

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190 BOP : HtnSin)* 

500 POKE *BKBH9*m ♦:)-!, 

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510 NEXT }:POKE 4BEC&* l**nl •>-), 

520 NEXT 

530 K-iBESS 

540 * reed i^idiine code 

550 READ *J 

54D IF AS'*/.*- THEN CALL IBO0Q 

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6S0 DATA -. . . '.1,16 

690 DATA 21,eb,be,ll,2f 

TOO DATA 1(,.W, 3'j,C0,»d 

110 CAT A b0/u3,tC,0i . 



I keep getting this funny Seeling of 
de|a vu A Phil Howard poise This 
time the poke gives you a chojce- 
ot using a joystick in The Feat 
Pressing the small enter fcey will 
inc lease the health of both 
chaiactois Use Method 1 
1 * The Feer - tape 
, Phil Hawird 
i * tested Action NOV 67 
10 DATA Gi,05,*£*4e,2 
20 CAT A C4,t>c,iW, M,00,c6 



WINNERS 

This months winner of 
the rviostergame and all 
the Raves is Phil 
Howard for his 
magnificent eight 
pokes The lunneis up 
who will receive a Rave 
oi the Maslergame are; 
Laurence Molloy for his 
Stoimbnnget tips, F. 
Dentith tot his Fly spy 
tips, Julian Collins lor 
two good pokes, Peter 
Featherstone lor his two 
pokes and Tony Hoyle 
loi his three pokes 



Ghost 
Hunters 



L. Towntond of Acer in gl on has 
sent in (he poke for Ghost f funfers 
Use Method 1 to give a choice oJ 
stall room and infinite lives Try 
typing (he following into Ihe high 
score table, killapede. cheat, 
panda. robin hood, complex, coda 
masters, andiew olivet, philip 
ollva or just ptess enter 

1 ■ QfeM IWfltert - t*pe 

2 ' by L.y. Taifflaend 

■ ' APStiTftd Afitlpit Nov Ui 

10 MEK0RT tA000:LOAD 4, l , J iA4A0 

20 ■ stop program auto Kunniitf 

30 POK£ 4A4FO, iBOiPOKE *A4FE»iBE 

- I ltd poke* 
50 POR 1-tSESO TO <B£9C;Ma& >: 
60 POKE l,VAH"4"**Sl :KKKT 
TO DATA 3ffrjc*r3S,ef ( «lt* plenty 

mcho 

. . «« 

at ait 1-14 

'. ' ■!..:,' tO <&y 0U«i»f 1-14 

I'ATA c9 r ia^Clt>fUrt proq-raro 
110 CALL 4JMA5 



30 OATA Q4,10r« r c9,4A,« 
40 DATA 46", 4 M«r OB, 01, 00 

I, . , ' ■ , 
in HATA 14,06, . , ,00 
70 DATA v, -i, ■,l-,»:,.il! 
90 DATA BJ,bc, 19,00, dd,Jl 
90 DATA *»,10,21 r 15 r bc,cd 
100 DATA OCbe^ddfJl.f^trf 
ATA 2 , .,i^.fc«,sd,00,be 
120 DATA 2l,4b,b* r 22,4 
130 DATA rJ,4r.,C:,Et,i*,0« 

ISO DATA Sd,!3,cd, tt, ' 
JATA cd,le„br>,c1i 



Stormbringer 

Laurence MoUoy of Puiley has sent 
in some concluding tips foi 
Mastortionic's budget game, 
Stormbitngt?! 

How to finish the game by 
ranging wrlh the OH-Whrte Kmghl 

1) Ararras Le Pom hos (he crystal 
ball 

2) Cany the Crystal Ball and 
magic missile to cast Ihe travel to 
pei son spell, travel to Rachel o: 
Amazonia 

31 Command Rachel to help and 
she will give you the code tar the 
telopat! system 

4 J Go right along the one way 
coiiidoi until you reach an 
un-numt»r?d levoj, puU it 

5) The other two un-numbeied 
levers should be pulled. 

0> Follow the instructions to 

activate the letepoit machine in 

last issue, then go to the telepojt 

loom 

7) Jump into the teleport and go 

into the left capsule 

6) Take care not to teleport back 
Ogam, ur.wear the disguise — Ihe 
disguise stops you from meigmg 
with the Otf-White Knight 

9) Find the Ofi-While Krughl and 
throw ihe magic missile at rum la 
put him asleep. 

10> Walk behmd Jum and rum to 
Jaee htm Stand halfway behind 
hsm and cast the dimension merge 
spell to finish the game II the spell 
doesn t work rust loposinan yaursell 
slightly until you imd ihe right 
place to merge with him 




170 CtSiy-0;HB»!W ^qqq 

IB0 PfUjimi -Jey/otifJi i " 
■■ ! H -. toy/Ctor»K*it 

t>3 THEN 
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Hydiofool 

Robert Smith of Aylesbury has sent 
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Wotl Fish - Hook 
Whale - sfarpoon 
Sea Horse - Horse Shoe 
Jellyfish- Spoon 



Flyspy 



F. Denttth of Gieat Sutton has sent 
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1} Always pick up totekeys and 
push any levers you lind 

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section, search it thoroughly to: 
telecodes a new doojways 

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Write n. and ail others you luid 
down 

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in You can now get the bomb that 
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where you find it then get clear 



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above. Push the lever (you 
shouSdnl need Ihe oxygen) 
tt) Always use bombs on barriers 
that cannot be destroyed by the 
Saser (which is released by the 
second lever) 

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10) Tcicport to C The other telekey 
is above the waiet coitidat cvei 
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candor (now two way) Go down 
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telekey 

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bonier and then continue 
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water oomdoi to the grey square 
(down lefl of (he letestation) Fire 
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telekey and bomb 
14 Al station E the conuols are 
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tenew strength instead ol 
decreasing it 

15) Pick up the N-bomb 

16) Be very careful at the huge 
One way walcri syslom Always 

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any other directions beloro going 
through a 'door" 

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second lime re-check the 
landscape lor new telecodes 

18> You can get past the rest of the 
game in the same way as the 
sections written about above 
19> Only use the rv-bamb at ihe 
piece of machinery labelled The 
Bworv 



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ADVENTURE 









THE 



PUE 



Welcome, fellow Ptlgs, to this month's 

column which brings tidings of great 

events in the adventuring world, plus 

reviews of some of the latest games to 

land on the Pilg's desk. Those of you keen 

to write your own games can gasp with 

awe as you see another installment of 

Pilg programming, so oft delayed - but 

now resuming its regular schedule of 

appearances. So read on and hear about 

the games you can play now, the games 

you'U be playing soon,and the games 

you can write yourself. . . 

Countdown to Doom 

Topologika £17 95 Disk only 

Back in days of yore, the BBC micro reigned supreme 3t was the machine 
everybody wanted, but noahe- could afford. So we ail went and bought 
Spectrums or Commodores and, later, Arnolds. This was just as well 
because the old Seeb wasn'1 much good lor games, it's limited memory 
and small market put dII most software houses, who got on with 
producing gomes tor the cheaper machines 

One exception was, naturally. Acornsoil. who distinguished 
themselves by producing the best version of Pac-Man lor a micro 
(Shopper) and one or rwo very enjoyable adventures In partocuiar. since 
(he Beeb mantel was deis dominated they produced a disk-only game 
called Achelon which, at the time was a game at fcimidabte see and 
complexity in a world of cassette-based adventures oJ more limited 
scope 

Now a new company. Topologiiia, arc le-releasing some ol the 

Acorn soft titles (including 
Achelen) for the CPC range 
(provided you've got a disk- 
diive) Countdown (o Doom 1$ 
one of the launch titles and 
crashes you down on a hostile 
plane!, where you must 
lehieve both treasure and 
spare parts lor your damaged 
ship, before taking off a iich 
man 

The game comes 
quite attractively packaged in 
a plastic case with a shod booklet entitled How to Play Adventure 
Games written by the programmer at the games, and a bluib about the 
scenario at Doom that details your objectives and also provides a set of 
encrypted clues (used in conjunction with the game's HELP function) 

Nowadays we are used to doing a bit more in adventure games 
than simply solve puzzles - we expect to be able to meet and talk 1o 
o'her charactors; we expect to ba able to examine almost anything in a 
location and get a meaningful reply (even if that reply is It's just scenery 
- ignore it"), we hope foi (bul don't always get) RAMSAVE and 
RAMIOAD: and, tmally we expect to pay a price ranging between 
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Anyone having these expectations- is going to be seriously 
disappointed with Countdown to Doom Fust, there are no gcuroe-specsfic 
instructions - the booklet on playing adventures contains all the 
inlosmnlior. you noed and you won't Imd anylhing in it about 
communicating wHh othei choaacters You wont even hnd anything in it 
about EXAMJNEfng things - because you can I Arid there certainly isn l 
HANtSAVE or HAMLOAD available 

The Starts lo pose problems lor loday's adventurer as soon as he or 
she starts to play the game You start off m your sashed spaceship and 
the lust thing you see a a button on a ruined console and a stick Of 
explosive with (use attached. Your natujal impulse is to examine these 
goodies, but no d:ce, chum 1 The game stubbornly tcplies ': don 1 
understand EXAMINE FUST or wotds lo shot effect 

This has two main effects on the gameplay FnsL it dampens the 
atmospheie somewhat AiCh-trCfdUhOnaiisis will cry 1 thai this gives heei 
ram to the imagination, which may be true but isn't necessarily a good 
ihing - jf it was we'd never read books. ]ust the notes the author's wrote 
outlining the plots. The second etJect is that solving putties becomes (a) 
vejy risky and cb) more diiticuH, 

For example, m one location heat the start, there's a blob-like thing 
that slithers across the path towcads a cliff, II you just watch 11, It soon 
disappears over the edge (presumably forever) and since you assume 
that it has some signi fi ca nce in the game you seel reluctant lo let it go 
You con 1 EXAMINE it. so the only thing to do (on iusl attempt) is to GET il 
This s instantly fatal And. of course, there's no RAMLOAD to get you 
gang without a reload and then a RESTORE from disk - always assuming 
you ve saved the game 

On the good side, the puzzles rn the game are quite original and 
very varied - although noi always logical and the game design Isn t 
bod There is no doubt that some players will enjoy getting to gnps wjih 
a program where the risks are so many and the frustrations legion. For 
these people, the tact that the game is also text-only will not be a 
distraction either Bui for those of us reared on moie recent products - 
especially games like Rice or* Magtk or The Pawn - these games are 
going to seem slightly crude and unfriendly Worst ot all, they cost 
£17 50. which - more than anything on the programming side - suggests 
very much that Topologiko are hvmg m the post 



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Philosopher's Quest 

Topologika £17.95. disk only 

The blurb do the back ol this package reads Peter Killworth - Ihe 
programme! - fell in iave with adventures when he discovered colossal 
Cave. His own tvst attempt at this new on torn (Philosophers Quest) sold 
25 000 copies ' 

What the Umb doesn't say ts that (hat was some time ago, and that 
since then much has changed m the adventure world, Indeed, all the 
same cnt>cism$ apply to this product as tc Cburndbwn 10 Doom (alsc 
reviewed in this issue) so I shan't repeat them hete 

As for the game itseU. however, It is fairly evident !hat Mi KiBworih s 




toctnatton with Colossal Gave had c deasive influence over his own 
game design Rnlosopher s Quest is nothmg other than a stroight^cTwaid 
Cave derivative, with all the usual "Junctions at several horizontal 
passages', magic words to utter strangely inaccessible rooms lo 
penetrate, and tjeasuie to amass 

Unfortunately, we've seen it all before ir. a thousand dilleienl 
disguises of which one tecent example (Treasure Tunnels) cost tinder 
£3 00 The only thing that sets this game apart iiom the others is C il the 
tad1hatitjsdi^anJyand(2)thefad:mciitccsts£1? 5 Neither at these 
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Pilgrim's Post 

A Cry Fiom the Heart, . , 

Please. pleo^.pJeage{382.QC0.OOQtniiss)cCTuid you print this message 
To Lea Monfeiio Come back dhuckcjbum" I love you and all is forgiven 
Love Bumble Cos in Bee)" 

Eternally yours. Bumble (from Gosport} 

JJeguIar readers will recall' that Lisa was the lady who sent in same very 
revealing pictures at the Pilg.tl is with a great eitort what I overcame my 
jealousy and print this ieiter - but it sounds as if Sumhfe is a desperate 
man' 

When, Oh When....? 

inlccom games ate overpriced 

All the best on the road, Kobbit and Co 

PS When e Kb Pawn being released on the CPC 404 +■ DCS. 

This issue ot disk-game ccmpatthtlijy with 4e>4 s now accounts for a targe 
proportion erf correspondence received by the Pifg The lact is that 464 
owners are undoubtedly getting a bad deal from software houses these 
days Guild ol Thieves The fawn fh/ocam. and U expect) Jirutref arc? ail 
good examples ot compefen I modern games that are simply not 
available to B» baft of Amstrad owners 

! have to admit that J And this very puzzkng 464 owners compose 
the bulk of the market but ate being consistently ignored. OK, 1 van 
understand the paint about the Jack of memory, but surely there a no 
reason why rerr-only versions could not be leieased 

Inlocoms policy I laid slightly mate comprehensible. These 
American games are bang produced in a country where the Ainstrad is 
not exactly a household name and mesf households toot on an ISM as 
a home computer Old Arnold only snakes the grade because of its CPM 
compatibility and even then most recent Infocotn titles require moie 
memory than the 4e4 can otter In theory you can run Infacom Pfus 
games on a 464 plus DkTronxs expansion, but m addition you need a 
612& POM which you oan only get by paying an awful Jot at money Or 
by practising criminal deception 

It ah comes back to the point the Ptlg has made m the past an- 1 
which he bat been roundly criticised by many tape users However, t 
snnpiy have to make it again The future ot advenfunng depends on a 
wide-spread disk market You simply cannot rjevslap large scale 
scenarios ah a cassette-based system, level 9 have done very well but 
can we be content ta slay at Iha! level townflT? ShouWn f ws weicome 
ihe opporJuiuiies uf progress offered by disks? Lei me know what you 
think, and start saving for a cto* based system' 



Please Contact 



I am a! the moment consideilng wu!ing an advonhiie doator which is 
wholly disk -based. I would be very grateful to any AA readers with some 
ideas about what Ihey would like to see m an adventure creator (wrihout 
bfifagi too cornpiicated) rl they wouM contact rr» 

Yours hopefully. D Williams, lOTVlctoria Sheet Newtown. Wigan. 

WNS9BN 

AMSTRADACTION 71 



ADVENTURE 



Hunt for the Infocom 



I have been involved tn an adventure at late - although nol as you 
may have Ihoughl a compulgr oric-nidtod one H has been a very 
difficult task and shall be known m my memoirs as The Hunl For The 
tnfooom" II all started aftoi your wise advice "Go tor tnfqogm - You can I 
go fat wrong' - so I decided to purchase Suspect Yel where are the 
elusive INFOCOWO Armed with my trusty 60p bus pass I headed otf to 
find ihte tabled beast in lbs dork, scum laden lecesses c* the aty - the 
local computer shops 

•Inlocom'" Ndh. never eard ol enV ....Don't stock em" "What do 
THEY do?".. . Hopeless. I tntive back horns disheartened In vain hope 1 
idly f lick through Amstiad Action and what do 1 see? Infocom are 
dtetiibutod by Artivision. Whoops! Silly men Yet what puzzles me is that 
with the InJooom titles (along mote than a third of all the Actlvjsjon 
stock, why don't they advertise them? Is it that Icoen adventurers cue a 
particularly sensitive bunch who develop a sixth sense of telepathy and 
don't need to bo informed of any new releases'? 

Lee Russell, Forest Sate 
Acrivision toil me that they are currently discussing an advertising 
campaign tot Jnfccani.. which should help to make the games more 
widely available !n the past, the quality of the games has combined 
wltfi ward-o/-rnou£h publicity to make advertising unnecessary 

Club 

Why don't you make upon adventure club - ? 
Michael Dickinson, Atherton 

There already is a Pilgrim club Michad This column is its monthly 
newsletter and everybody who reads it is a member. All members are 
welcome to use the column by writing in with tips, tellers comments on 
games, their strange experiences in AdventureJand, or whatever takes 
(heir taacy The more members jnvojvp themselves, the bigger and 
better the club becomes Members ass givon tlie title 'Fellow Pilgs* arid 
are en filled to use this honorific an all correspondence. Welcome 




Programming 
with the Pilg 



This month sees the first of the PART 

listings for you to type in, so it's 

worth taking a pause to see 

what the plan is with regard to 

the actual programming part of 

the course. 

First, we'll try out a nuni-mini adventure with only two locations 
and throe possible actions: sitting room and a bedroom where you can 
muve Irani one loom to the olhei and also GET and DROP objects This 
listing is in two parts, with par! 1 in this issue 

Next we'll be entering the larger scale program Again, wo re 
looking at a small scale game, bull the program itself is very long (about 
4QK, to be precise). We wont be entering H all at once, but rather will tnst 
look at the cove code of (he program and then add to it each month. 
introducing new commands and features to the basic structure That 
way, if you miss a month, you'll still have a program that works, though 
il will jack the leaiures introduced during the period you missed. 

Let's lake a look at this month's listing It sets up two locations 
whose descriptions are stored In Ihe anay LOCATIONS and two objects 
The objects have both a location <obloc) and a status value {obstal} 
stored m the ielevant arrays, and these values are latei used to lesi 
whether an object is present and whelher. lor example, it can be conked 
oi nol 

You is notice tn line 60 that wo set up special counters to tell us how 



Lords ana Ladies 
of Adventure 



Tho Pllg still receives countless calls 
lor help each month, despite 
frequently staling that he 
unlortunato-ly does nol have the time 
(and occasionally the knowledge} to 
respond to such pleas. Remember 
that the Lords and Ladles are there to 
HELP you. It's tor nothing that they 
put pen to paper and write In to the 
Pllg, altering to render timely 
assistance to others less loitunale 
than themselves. So make good use 
of them... And 11 you would like to be 
Included In the column, |ust send Ihe 
Pllg a list of the games you have 
completed together with your name, 
address, and (if you wish) your 
telephone number, 

YouTl find, as many others have done, thai offering help to others 
is a great way ol making friends, not |ust in England hut around the 
world. AA rinds its way Into many strange places 1 A phone number 
does help, but bear in mind that you may receive many calls - so check 

72 AM3TRAD ACTION 




with other members of your household before Including If. 

Red Moon, Bugsy. Escape from Koshlma, Price ot Maglk. Worm tn 

Paradise, Return to Eden, Dungeon Adventure. Adventure Quest, 

Collossai Adventure 

Emma Hogg*?. 10 ftvetbourne Rd. Mtitotd, Salisbury Wilis SPI INS 

Grange HBI, AtterShock. Brawn free, The Experience, Heroes ol Ham. 
Warlord, Forest ot Worlds End. 3 Weeks tn Paradise. Minashadow V 
Howard 10 Overton Road. 

Abbeywgcd. London, 5E2 05D ST Gaid: 
74 MKI5I I Ptestel 219997190 

Sue sunk. Sea Base Delta, Price ot 
Maglk, Heroes ot Karn. Smuggler* 
Cove, Redhawk, Message ttom 
Andromeda, Fantasia Diamond 

Glenn Pmnoek, 121 Long Glove, 
Baughuist, Basingstoke. Hants. RG26 
5NK 



Heroes ot Kam 

Dai:cL Smith, &5 Roger Lane. Newsomo. 







ADVENTURE 



many objects etc there are in the game, Tfau might wonder why this is 
necessary, but ii can be very useful il you wish to introduce an object (foe 
example) at a iatc-i daio instead o£ bavmg to rewrite? many cUHeieriT 
toyimes. you sturdy add an object onto the relevant DATA line m (he 
correct lormat (the ofatec. name 1)5 start location, and its. status value} 
and then change the NOBJECIS value mi line SO. you can try introducing 
a new object mlo this listing when you've typed It in 

Lines 1 ID to 210 set up the screen, dividing it into different windows 
which we shall use for drfteient purposes. Since this s an easy-to-use 
feature ot Amstiad BASIC, it's worth tarring the trouble (o include it and 
can make atoto! dilleience to the caeseniotion ol a text-only game In 
line 100 we also staee the widths of the 1 different windows m character 
units - useful later Us formatting text on-screen 

Linos 220 to 330 read the necessary data lo: the objects and 
locations mlo Ihe letevant arrays- Line 370 starts the player in location 1 
(the srttmg-icc€rj 

The main program loop starts m line 400 and consists of hve stages 
tirst, the location description s printed, to tell us where we are: second. 
the exits are printed.: thud, the visible objects are displayed fourth, cm 
input is taken horn the player ana finally that input is matched against 
the vocabulary st 
ie to see 11 it makes sense 

Having done all that., the program STQPs in line 1200. ready lor 
processing the input and taking the necessary action - all of which will 
be done next month, (boot 1 lollows) Changing the game. The program 
is written m a "modular lorm, Os we discussed, m an ocnliei issue, and 
this helps make it easy to modify Once you ve typed it m and RUN it. try 
adding an additional obfecE 

For example, lei's suppose that we want to add a smelly dog into 
Ihe living [com. First, change Ihe value at NOBNAMES in line 60 to 4 This 
value indicates how many entries mete ate m the vocabulary table lot 
object names Note that the number of object names may be dtftetent 
from the number ■of objects, since you may wish to give an obioct several 
different names lor the program to understand So m line 5070 you wiU 
see both 'hanky' and "handker chief " fat the same object 

Note that each name is followed by Ihe number ol the abject it 
refers to. Now enter a comma alter Ihe 2 at the end Of tore 5070 and then 
enter 



' I I" 



so wo can now refer 10 the dog as dcgi Now enter the mam 
object data after a comma at (he end c* toe 5030 

"1 sis- ".1,0 

which wjB put the smelly dog m location 1 (the sitting icorru and 

give it a status value at aero (more about these values next month) 

U you now zun the game, you wiU find that the program will print a 
description of Ihe dog you can change the player s position by altering 
the value of PFOS m line 370 la 2, which will force Ihe program lo prml 
up a desaiptior. of ihe bedroom 
Now for a quick exetase 

Study the piogram carefully, in par&cuJai She manner in which a 
location is given an EXITCODE. and the values assigned to different 
directions m line 400 Can you add an. exit to location number 1 so that it 
punts up correctly CO the KMMO? Answer next month limt - you Only 10 
have alter ONE number m ONE line, and it involved ADDING one 
number to another . 



knd setten 



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190 
JK' 
200 
210 

220 

■ 

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280 
240 

300 

310 

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590 

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430 
440 

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246,116: CftWf 639,116: BMH 639,0: D?AK 246,0: HUM 



REM ir.ii iAl:s- objects a fid 13 cat ion a 
fi£H read Object 04t» into Jtroy 
RE5T0KE SOW 

for ?t=i to nsbieets 

BEX] :■ 
SESTOftE M40 

FOR X-l TO RleCAtiQfiS- 
READ Ix»C«iOft*<Xj,«itWHjBl 

NEXT y. 



ass Initialise piayets location 

ppaS*>2 



J20 

140 
ISO 
160 

810 



REM main qaoa loop starts n*re - Jrrst ve r*set its location 

' .. print 16CAC1GP descrij. 1 . 

CLS 42: ffiUff t2,QSi3Ki %": "You are in *j locations f pposi : 

42 

■ ;. print the exit* 

■;:■: ..r :::-.- OiRESTXStE 530 'set eXltptlnt fiiKj and d»t4 pointer 

■ -1 TO 
READ dliOCl lr,nS,-llrcode 
lr i-:-:itW(4e(pp0sl AND di«wteKxilrCOde TfiEH BOfO 520 

tptintXl THEN GOTO 510 
-:-... -.ti :nt-i 

MUST H, "Exits load V-directlonS;: GOTO S20 
PRIM" It, ■ , ,*;die*cti«i$r 

■ 
lATA North, L;-S,Not-t!vea3t,64,Ea.sS,32,Ssnitneast,lt,&2ij'"., 
,.■'.. . I 1 

1 3. {Tint the visible objects 

l&i ofcprint^G 'set the ebjwt print 
FOS k=1 TO nobjeets 
IP {jblocdcloppos TUEH GOTO 630 
: rJnv>0 THEM CCTTO 630 

prikt *5 r "ton e«n see ■;gbj»ct5ixl ;: :-;■?■:■ '' : 
ERI8I 15, p ,-;3iiJect$t>:J; 

* 4. Get an Input 

fRlrff II, C^$(24a);' *: 

:r (ASClaSKSS OS A$C^ii>::-2) TSEJt 4*0 
;:yl 1 '.,.'■ ■.•,•:■; _ A11 el: LINE Win 11, 13 

■ 

PJlK .= (..• -- .■■:..:.■■ - ■ , 

iS= 1 S+CMRS ( J2 1 : W*ird£=l 
FGS . .TO LESI15J 

t$-wo$(» r le*t**,lt 

if ASC(t8i<>W th-^; »ji.iStw)rd?)*woFflStwirdi|+tSr GOTO 'SO 

words ^woid*-;; If 'iwnfa9Paan»r(b THEM ffilMT fj, '.Help: 

c -jp._. w _rf, tfeii sniny watda.": l«4 ■ IS 1 

NEXT LattW 

-*vi woTda jgdins: vocabultiy 
wrd3rouad>0: tferbslcand^O: obtfomvdlQsdlrviqwdO: &vel>-G: 
: oops-O 

AMSTRAD ACTION 73 



ADVENTURE 



8Z0 FOR K»l TO (irtrfa- ;1 
8,30 wQrdetwck#d«0 

84(i ' 

850 fail du • a veib 

8fi0 MSTOSE &06O 

BIO FOR v*l ?• 

88C REAt' -■■ 

890 IF wortS(}i)<*vcrt>5 TrfEH GOTO. 930 

900 noidai'9UM< i wonfafotind+],: varbstountipwroa found *1: IF 

veiratouncPl thru FfliKT *~i* "T50 amy verb* In that sefttmn." 
910 IF Object 3 >■! 7SKI PFtlWT #3, "Try rv?t>H«Jn4 that...": *~*9t&: 

oops-1; goto 

■ ■ -i ■; - ■ • ■; ;;wrtcfeecked-l 

930 NEXT v 

-at got u-W 
950 ' 

940 ftEK cheek for object 
950 &ESTOM SOTO 
9*D FOfl a=l TO nobntasa 
6>CI REA3 obr t &m*S,tflor,o 
1C0Q IF HoriSixioobBarwS THEN GOTO' 1040 

1010 TttrdsEOuftfl^iiOrdalOuM-lj £barouftd*Obi£ourid+l: IF Obsbund 
■ PRINT 13, "Tot many objects In that aentonoa."; x* 



oops 



1020 IF *erb*0 THEN STUNT A3, "Try repfetu'ifta Wat..,*: x-wrfei 

aopa-l! GOTO 1180 
1030 object i nb naaw a j wor4cAecke^-i 

1040 SEKT a 

1030 IF wcrdctiecSted-J 1B8M SOTO 1180 
1060 ' 

IdlO ?£M eheCJ Pm t tUtecl 
1080 RESTORE 5080 
1090 it* d-1 TO BttlPtCt i£f» 
U i r«il*nS ( dlrcodt 

;h »£<P4x?odlc«ctloa9 then goto 1160 
1120 wci , iEfo , jftd«-wcrdjffoind<; : dita^cuJid»dir*foutid'l 

niKti FRHtT 13, "Ton many dlKCClOM."; x»itord» 
1110 IF wrd»2 THEN PS INT 93. "1 don't undo t at and - 

Mords: GOTO 1180 
1140 IF tdlrtotfc AHD exltaxta|pfM»H<*ll cttKSe THEfl PMHT 13, 'rou 

can 'i 90 in xim di r-ectton,": oopa-1: x*wordt 
1150 d^ndliecnojisi «o£dcl»£k«d>l 
1160 HRX1 d 
ll.'M IF woe&at£$fc«d»0 THEK PRINT *J< "I *Mi't under st arid 

■jwatdStKlj ! ^-wortf : oops-1 
I ISO MBJff X 

11M IF Dopa-0 THEN PRINT *.Jj "OK... 
1200 STOP 
5G0Q ' 

5010 WEM data 11*18 f oi object b and 

laaatiena 
■ ' 
5030 DATA "a dirty 

hanSketchitf", 1,148, "a large 

hw, Thur* la a 

asteii of moth-balls and a large pile □ 
dirty clothes in the corner, Tlw furnku 
50 SO DATA "the bsdroom, Th* b«d hasn't b*«ri nwde 
ii.! tlie whijis room la even dirties then tHa 

I ' I '•r-tOMI - LI "Ihjl ls pi 
- , '■;■ ".■■IfOP* 
W7Q DATA "K.,hky\|,"h.,,i-ik..:v, n I », : , "cheat V* 
JO'tO DATA M mjrbli # ,lM-,"n ,, ,iM,"MitJia»atV84,"nir", 

M,'«at", ' ■' '", ."SOUthsa;;'-. -," ■ ■". •,, South', 

■ 

rWJ |'k IIIHEM+J TO HIMEM-"H 
REM) r,n: POKE pk, r,r, 
MB ■■!' pk 
5130 DAT,' ... , . . r J:Ql 

• ■■ ; I M'MKMH 
5 J 50 RETDHX 



Sniffing 



with th 



Pilgrim 



This month's selection courtesy 
of Barrel Smith, Stephen 
Parkinson, Mark Walker 



KentUla 

Drop Ihe moss in Ihe plains then lode. 

Price of Magik 

Those pesky spoils <or most of them)" 

Spell Focus 

DET Elder cross 

DOW Pendulum 



XAM 
ZEN 
FIX 
FLY 
SEE 
MAD 
FIN 
IBM 
IlK BED 



Trumpet 
Prism 

Small minor 
Valerian plant 
Broom 

Feldspar lens 
Grimotao 
Stiver mall 
Blue box 
Wh«?l 



9m 



To leel secure 

Check objects (or magik 

Woke up 

Maqika] use ot ob>ecl 

Move last 

Cure onesell 

Float upwards 

Find hlddefi places 

reel CTOZY 
Chontjo inlo lish 

Tomiy 

All magik neutralised 



'mim y fmk 



Morden's Quest 

To get past waterlall. sacrkllce Irog with dagger. 
To get liio battery lor the droid. search the straw 
I -j \ in the bam with gelger counler. 

|(W Give Spidet man the newspaper to gel the? 
paint and remote control- 
Spray palnl on Invisible barrier to Imd 

code and take machine pan 
Pressing button on remote control in a 
special place reveals an e*lt down. 
Give broken pyrites to jester lo enter 
adventure development room 
Leave room to receive last machine part. 

r Message from Andromeda 

Kill the vine with Ihe knlle 
Wear gloves, get lungi, throw at the slug to get past htm 
Blow up cave-in to gel bat lie axe. 
Kill commander wllh axe to gel key (or computer 
Password tor computet is ■old*. 
Use transporter to get back lo the galaxy on Ihe landing pad 

The Big Sleaze 

Examine car to gel dynamite. 

Put dynamite In keyhole and ltghl luse lo open sale (but go north 

and wait lo shelter (ram blast) 



74 AMSTRAD ACTION 






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